Definition of derby noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɑːbi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɜːrbi//
    (pl. derbies) Equine sports
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  1. 1 (North American English) = bowler (2)
  2. 2(British English) a sports competition between teams from the same area or town a local derby between the two North London sides a derby match
  3. 3a race or sports competition a motorcycle derby see also demolition derby
  4. 4Derby used in the name of several horse races which happen every year the Epsom Derby the Kentucky Derby Culture The Derby is a famous English horse race without jumps which is run every year at Epsom, near London, in May or June. Although Derby Day is always a Wednesday, the race is attended by large crowds, and there is a holiday atmosphere. The Derby was first run in 1780 and takes its name from the 12th earl of Derby, who was one of the original organizers of the event. A painting called The Derby Day (1858) by William Frith (1819-1909), now in Tate Britain, is famous as a picture of Victorian life. compare Kentucky Derby See related entries: Equine sports