l. bailey

Bailey

[bey-lee]
noun
1.
Liberty Hyde, 1858–1954, U.S. botanist, horticulturist, and writer.
2.
Nathan or Nathaniel, died 1742, English lexicographer.
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bailey (ˈbeɪlɪ)
 
n
the outermost wall or court of a castle
 
[C13: from Old French baille enclosed court, from bailler to enclose; see bail³]

Bailey (ˈbeɪlɪ)
 
n
1.  David. born 1938, English photographer
2.  NathanorNathaniel. died 1742, English lexicographer: compiler of An Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1721--27)

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bailey
"wall enclosing an outer court," c.1300, baylle, variant of bail, from O.Fr. bail "stake, pallisade, brace," of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately connected to L. bacula "sticks," on notion of "stakes, palisade fence." Old Bailey, seat of Central Criminal Court in London, was so called because it stood
within the ancient bailey of the city wall. The surname Bailey usually is from O.Fr. bailli, a later form of 'baillif (q.v.).
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