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bai·ley

 (bā′lē)
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.]

bailey

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

Bailey

(ˈbeɪlɪ)
n
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)

bai•ley

(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]

Bai•ley

(ˈbeɪ li)

n.
Nathan or Nathaniel, died 1742, English lexicographer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
References in classic literature ?
Once upon a time, in a very small country town, at a considerable distance from London, there lived a little man named Nathaniel Pipkin, who was the parish clerk of the little town, and lived in a little house in the little High Street, within ten minutes' walk from the little church; and who was to be found every day, from nine till four, teaching a little learning to the little boys.
This was a great event, a tremendous era, in Nathaniel Pipkin's life, and it was the only one that had ever occurred to ruffle the smooth current of his quiet existence, when happening one fine afternoon, in a fit of mental abstraction, to raise his eyes from the slate on which he was devising some tremendous problem in compound addition for an offending urchin to solve, they suddenly rested on the blooming countenance of Maria Lobbs, the only daughter of old Lobbs, the great saddler over the way.
Now, if old Lobbs had entertained the most remote or distant idea of the state of the affections of Nathaniel Pipkin, he would just have razed the school-room to the ground, or exterminated its master from the surface of the earth, or committed some other outrage and atrocity of an equally ferocious and violent description; for he was a terrible old fellow, was Lobbs, when his pride was injured, or his blood was up.
My old friend, Sir Nathaniel de Salis, who, like myself, is a free- holder near Castra Regis--his estate, Doom Tower, is over the border of Derbyshire, on the Peak--is coming to stay with me for the festivities to welcome Edgar Caswall.
I am Nathaniel de Salis, and your uncle is one of my oldest friends.
The cordiality with which Sir Nathaniel and Adam met, made the imparting of information easy.
They drank--that is, Nathaniel Letton took mineral water served by the smoothly operating machine of a lackey who inhabited the place, while Dowsett took Scotch and soda and Daylight a cocktail.
Harnish, the absolute need for keeping our alliance in the dark," Nathaniel Letton warned gravely.
The shorts will be the speculators," Nathaniel Letton explained, "the gamblers, the froth of Wall Street--you understand.
The usual forms were observed, when the foreman handed up to the bench two bills, on both of which the Judge observed, at the first glance of his eye, the name of Nathaniel Bumppo.
You have heard the presentment that the grand jury have made, Nathaniel Bumppo,” said the Judge; “what do you plead to the charge?
Now, sir, I ask you if Nathaniel Bumppo did not again and again order you not to enter?