Bailey meaning

bālē
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The definition of bailey is a protective wall surrounding a castle, or the outdoor space created by the castle's protective walls.

In a movie where people are fighting from the top of a castle wall trying to keep out the approaching enemy, the outermost wall is an example of a bailey.

An example of a bailey is a courtyard inside the protection of the castle walls where the ladies of the community gather daily to converse.

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A wall or palisade surrounding the structures protected by a medieval fort or castle, especially the outer wall of a castle.
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The space enclosed by this wall.
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The outer wall or court of a medieval castle.
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(person) Died 1742; Eng. lexicographer.
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The outer wall of a feudal castle.
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The space immediately within the outer wall of a castle or fortress.
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A prison or court of justice; -- used in certain proper names; as, the Old Bailey in London; the New Bailey in Manchester.
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A topographic surname from someone who lived by a bailey (the outer wall of a castle).
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A male given name derived from the surname.
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(chiefly US) A female given name.
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An apple cultivar from New York.
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Origin of bailey

  • Middle English bailli from Old French baille probably from Latin bacula pl. of baculum log, stick bacillus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French baile (“palisade, enclosure”).

    From Wiktionary