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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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Terence and Rachel sat watching them through their half-closed eyelids-- the Johnsons, the Parkers, the Baileys, the Simmons', the Lees, the Morleys, the Campbells, the Gardiners.
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I take her sternly from the side of Captain Bailey.
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David, for instance, saw it quite distinctly far away among the trees as we were going home from the pantomime, and Oliver Bailey saw it the night he stayed so late at the Temple, which is the name of his father's office.
A Portuguese fellow who was handling him for the Barnum and Bailey show did that for him.
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.
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.