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n. pl. bai·leys
1. A wall or palisade surrounding the structures protected by a medieval fort or castle, especially the outer wall of a castle.
2. The space enclosed by this wall.

[Middle English bailli, from Old French baille, probably from Latin bacula, pl. of baculum, log, stick; see bacillus.]


(Fortifications) the outermost wall or court of a castle
[C13: from Old French baille enclosed court, from bailler to enclose; see bail3]


1. (Biography) David. born 1938, English photographer
2. (Biography) Nathan or Nathaniel. died 1742, English lexicographer: compiler of An Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1721–27)


(ˈbeɪ li)

n., pl. -leys.
1. the outer defense of a castle, comprising orig. a ditch and palisade surrounding the motte and later a wall or concentric walls surrounding the keep.
2. the space enclosed by a castle's outer wall or walls.
[1350–1400; Middle English bail(l)e < Old French]


(ˈbeɪ li)

Nathan or Nathaniel, died 1742, English lexicographer.
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Noun1.Bailey - United States singer (1918-1990)
2.Bailey - English lexicographer who was the first to treat etymology consistently; his work was used as a reference by Samuel Johnson (died in 1742)
3.bailey - the outer courtyard of a castlebailey - the outer courtyard of a castle  
courtyard, court - an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; "the house was built around an inner court"
4.bailey - the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castlebailey - the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castle
bulwark, rampart, wall - an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes; "they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down"
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For the rest, the Old Bailey was famous as a kind of deadly inn-yard, from which pale travellers set out continually, in carts and coaches, on a violent passage into the other world: traversing some two miles and a half of public street and road, and shaming few good citizens, if any.
Therefore, all the Old Bailey doors were well guarded--except, indeed, the social doors by which the criminals got there, and those were always left wide open.
I first heard of Pilkington from David, who had it from Oliver Bailey.
This Oliver Bailey was one of the most dashing figures in the Gardens, and without apparent effort was daily drawing nearer the completion of his seventh year at a time when David seemed unable to get beyond half-past five.
As I wanted a trial scene in the Old Bailey, I chose the period of 1700 for my purpose; but being shamefully ignorant of my subject, and my husband confessing to little more knowledge than I possessed, a London bookseller was commissioned to send us everything he could procure bearing on Old Bailey trials.
Two great tears rolled down Polly's cheeks, and Fanny wiped them away, feeling an intense desire to go West by the next train, wither Maria Bailey with a single look, and bring Tom back as a gift to Polly.
I take her sternly from the side of Captain Bailey.
Jerry says, "These are my friends, Miss Tuxton--Mr Bailey and Mr Roach.
Black was the mouth of Twynham Castle, though a pair of torches burning at the further end of the gateway cast a red glare over the outer bailey, and sent a dim, ruddy flicker through the rough-hewn arch, rising and falling with fitful brightness.
Frederick Douglass was born in slavery as Fred- erick Augustus Washington Bailey near Easton in Talbot County, Maryland.
All the time he was jerking out these phrases he was stumping up and down the tavern on his crutch, slapping tables with his hand, and giving such a show of excitement as would have convinced an Old Bailey judge or a Bow Street runner.
Old Bailey stepped up to the wicket, and called play, and the match has begun.