[dur-bee; British dahr-bee]
noun, plural Derbies.
a race for three-year-old horses that is run annually at Epsom Downs, near London, England: first run in 1780.
any of certain other important annual horse races, usually for three-year-old horses, especially the Kentucky Derby.
(lowercase) a race or contest, usually one open to all who wish to enter and offering a prize for the winner.
(lowercase) any endeavor or venture regarded as a competition: to win the gubernatorial derby.
(lowercase) . Also called bowler. a stiff felt hat with rounded crown and narrow brim, worn chiefly by men.

1830–40; after Edward Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby (died 1834), who instituted the race Unabridged


[dur-bee; for 1, 2 also British dahr-bee]
a city in Derbyshire, in central England.
a city in S Connecticut. Unabridged
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derby (ˈdɜːrbɪ)
n , pl -bies
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): bowler a stiff felt hat with a rounded crown and narrow curved brim

Derby1 (ˈdɑːbɪ, US ˈdɜːrbɪ)
1.  the Derby an annual horse race run at Epsom Downs, Surrey, since 1780: one of the English flat-racing classics
2.  any of various other horse races
3.  local Derby a football match between two teams from the same area
[C18: named after the twelfth Earl of Derby (died 1834), who founded the horse race at Epsom Downs in 1780]

Derby2 (ˈdɑːbɪ)
1.  a city in central England, in Derby unitary authority, Derbyshire: engineering industries (esp aircraft engines and railway rolling stock); university (1991). Pop: 229 407 (2001)
2.  a unitary authority in central England, in Derbyshire. Pop: 233 200 (2003 est). Area: 78 sq km (30 sq miles)
3.  a firm-textured pale-coloured type of cheese
4.  sage Derby a green-and-white Derby cheese flavoured with sage

Derby3 (ˈdɑːbɪ)
Earl of. title of Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley. 1799--1869, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1852; 1858--59; 1866--68)

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Word Origin & History

"type of hat," manufactured in U.S. 1850, name appears 1870, from annual Derby horse race in England, where this type of hat was worn. Race was begun 1780 by the 12th Earl of Derby; Parliament always adjourned for it, and the name was used for any major horse race after 1875. Derby the English shire
is O.E. Deorby "deer village," from deor "deer" + by "habitation, homestead," from a Scand. source (see bylaw).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences for Derby
The bill was defeated and lord derby formed a minority conservative
Demolition derby is a motorsport usually presented at county fairs and
He enjoyed his finest moment when romping home to an easy success in the derby
  at epsom.
They are currently recruiting derby girls, referees, volunteers and sponsors.
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