Meaning of Derby


Pronunciation: (dûr'bēBrit.där'bē), [key]
— pl. -bies.
  1. a race for three-year-old horses that is run annually at Epsom Downs, near London, England: first run in 1780.
  2. any of certain other important annual horse races, usually for three-year-old horses, esp. the Kentucky Derby.
  3. (l.c.) a race or contest, usually one open to all who wish to enter and offering a prize for the winner.
  4. (l.c.) any endeavor or venture regarded as a competition: to win the gubernatorial derby.
  5. (l.c.) Also calleda stiff felt hat with rounded crown and narrow brim, worn chiefly by men.


Pronunciation: (dûr'bē for 1, 2 also Brit. där'bē), [key]
— n.
  1. a city in Derbyshire, in central England. 215,200.
  2. Derbyshire.
  3. a city in S Connecticut. 12,346.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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