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Date: 1800-1900
Origin:
Sense: 1-2, 4
Origin: Derby, important horse race held at Epsom, England, from Lord Derby (1752-1834) who started it.
Sense: 3
Origin: From the wearing of such hats at the Derby

derby

noun
     
Related topics: Clothes, Sport
der‧by plural derbies [countable]
1DSH

Derby

used in the names of some well-known horse races:
the Kentucky Derby
the Derby British English (=a famous race in England)
2 British EnglishDS a sports match between two teams from the same area or city
3DCC especially American English a man's hard round hat that is usually black [= bowler British English]
4DS a particular type of race or competition:
a donkey derby

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