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Bailey

[bey-lee] /ˈbeɪ li/
noun
1.
Liberty Hyde, 1858–1954, U.S. botanist, horticulturist, and writer.
2.
Nathan or Nathaniel, died 1742, English lexicographer.
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British Dictionary definitions for l. bailey

bailey

/ˈbeɪlɪ/
noun
1.
the outermost wall or court of a castle
Word Origin
C13: from Old French baille enclosed court, from bailler to enclose; see bail³

Bailey

/ˈbeɪlɪ/
noun
1.
David. born 1938, English photographer
2.
Nathan or Nathaniel. died 1742, English lexicographer: compiler of An Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1721–27)
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Word Origin and History for l. bailey
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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