derby

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n derby a felt hat that is round and hard with a narrow brim
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Aristedes won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.
    • Derby A race for three-old horses, run annually at Epsom (near London), for the Derby stakes. It was instituted by the 12th Earl of Derby, in 1780.
    • Derby A stiff felt hat with a dome-shaped crown.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eddie Arcaro, one of the greatest jockeys in horse race history, rode 250 losers before he won his first race. Ultimately, Arcaro won 4,779 races including five Derby winners, six in the Preakness, and six in the Belmont Stakes, on such famous horses as Whirlaway, Citation, and Kelso.
    • n derby The most important annual horse-race of England, founded in 1780 by the twelfth Earl of Derby, and run at Epsom, Surrey, in the spring, generally on the Wednesday before Whitsuntide.
    • n derby [lowercase] A masons' two-handled float.
    • n derby [lowercase] A stiff felt hat with rounded crown and more or less narrow brim, worn by men, and sometimes also by women, for walking or riding. It came in as a fashionable novelty in the year 1874, and is now (1888) commonly worn in England and America.
    • derby Same as Derbian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only three horses who had never previously won a race earned their first victories at the Kentucky Derby. They were Buchanan in 1884, Sir Barton in 1919 and Brokers Tip in 1933.
    • n Derby där′bi a great horse-race held annually on the Derby Day, on the Wednesday before Whitsuntide, on Epsom Downs, near London, so called from the Derby stakes, instituted by the Earl of Derby in 1780; a rounded felt hat with narrow brim
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Quotations

  • Pat Day
    Pat Day
    “I know there's a Derby out there with my name on it.”

Usage

In literature:

It happened one day that an old man in a derby hat stepped off the train for a bit of an airing while the engine was taking water.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
John C., President of the Board of Control in Lord Derby's Administration, iii.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
Notts and Derby Regt.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
But he supposed Lord Derby was prepared to form a Protection Government.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
Cherry Bim had taken down his Derby and had adjusted it at the angle demanded by the circumstances.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
Derby Sifter was there too.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
The next important English function of His Royal Highness was a state visit to Derby on December 17th.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
Derby race, the first, 257.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Next to this, at the south corner of Charles Street, is Derby House, with handsome iron veranda and railings running round it.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
Christian was Receiver-General, a sort of Chancellor of the Exchequer, for the great Earl of Derby.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
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In poetry:

Of all the tribe the street contain,
They stood the first in Walker Lane;
By trade were bakers of renown
Chief of the craft in Derby town.
"Courtship" by William Hutton
Son, the millennium is at hand!
What though Armenians be mashed flat?
The world is getting just perfectly grand,
For the Turk has bought him a derby hat.
"Millennium" by Ellis Parker Butler
The Derby Day sun glittered gaily on cads,
On maidens with gamboge hair,
On sharpers and pickpockets, swindlers and pads,
(For I, with my harp, was there).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
In Derby town, if I look round,
Two counsellors are only found.
And yet I need not travel far
Before I find a purchaser;
For that which holds such excellence
Will never long be in suspence.
"The Wig" by William Hutton
In the county of Derby, 'tis somewhere related
That Pope passed two summers, and Homer translated;
Then visit the spot since held sacred to lore,
And give for the present your wanderings o'er.
"Enigma XXlV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
The neatest officer on the coast Hang your sails to the whiffletree slat! Was the famous Admiral Buttertoast
Who sailed the historical Derby Hat.
Flutter the ensign, whittle the screw
For the neat old Admiral and his crew!
"The Battle of Clothesline Bay" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Turf Stakes Highlight Belmont Derby Day Card.
Kentucky Derby 137 goes off at 6:30 pm ET and I'll be in the saddle on Master of Hounds.
Bet A Gray on Derby Day .
Off to the races with Derby Day nibbles.
Churchill Downs to Honor Barbaro, Jacksons on Derby Day .
Representatives from Churchill Downs will honor the late 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum.
Miranda Lambert caught everyone's attention when she wore a Kate Middleton-inspired hat to the Kentucky Derby in May Now, the chic black headpiece can be yours.
Miranda Lambert's Kentucky Derby Hat up For Auction.
Remember the hat that Miranda Lambert wore to The Kentucky Derby last month.
Miranda's Kentucky Derby Hat Is Going to the Dogs.
Yes, picking the perfect Derby hat can be a test of mental acuity, but who knew there is actually a bit of science that goes along with the head topper you choose.
Whether you're looking for something larger than life or simple and sophisticated you're sure to find a winning Derby hat during the second annual Derby Rose Hat Preview benefitting Campbellsville University students.
Enjoy more of our Derby hat s in all their face shrouding glory.
Hats off — er, on — to Remington Park's sixth annual Kentucky Derby Hat Contest.
The post position draw for Derby 136 produced a stunning separation for the two horses that are the favorites.
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