- Laurus nobilis, a shrub of the family Lauraceae, having dark green leaves and berries.
- (in the plural, now rare) The leaves of this shrub, woven into a garland used to reward a champion or victor; hence, fame, victory.
- The leaf of this or certain other species of shrub, used as a herb.
- (US, dialect) A tract covered with bay trees.
- A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeche in Mexico.
From Middle English baye, baie, from Old English beġ (“berry”), as in beġbēam (“berry-tree”), conflated with Old French baie, from Latin bāca (“berry”).
- (geography) A body of water (especially the sea) more or less three-quarters surrounded by land.
- A bank or dam to keep back water.
From French baie, from Late Latin baia.
- An opening in a wall, especially between two columns.
- An internal recess; a compartment or area surrounded on three sides.
- The distance between two supports in a vault or building with a pitched roof.
- (nautical) Each of the spaces, port and starboard, between decks, forward of the bitts, in sailing warships.
- (rail transport) A bay platform.
- Shortened form of bay window.
From French baie, from Old French baé, masculine singular past participle of the verb baer, from Vulgar Latin *badō (“I am open”).
- The excited howling of dogs when hunting or being attacked.
- (by extension) The climactic confrontation between hunting-dogs and their prey.
- (figuratively) A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.
(third-person singular simple present bays, present participle baying, simple past and past participle bayed)
- (intransitive) To howl.
- To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay.
- to bay the bear
- To pursue noisily, like a pack of hounds.
From Old French bay, combined with aphesized form of abay; verbal form Old French baier, abaier.
(comparative more bay, superlative most bay)
- Of a reddish-brown colour (especially of horses).
- A brown colour/color of the coat of some horses.
- A horse of this color.
From French baie, from Latin badius (“reddish brown, chestnut”).
- A region of Somalia.
- (informal) The San Francisco Bay Area (metropolitan area in California)
- (informal) San Francisco Bay.