from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bailey, Nathan or Nathaniel Died 1742. British lexicographer whose Universal Etymological English Dictionary, first published in 1721, was used as a reference by Samuel Johnson and was the first English dictionary to treat etymology consistently.

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  • proper n. An occupational surname for a steward or official.
  • proper n. A topographic surname from someone who lived by a bailey (the outer wall of a castle).
  • proper n. A male given name derived from the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name.


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  • Lauren and Derek, for sharing your wonderful, heart-warming story, you ` re going to get an autographed copy of my new book "I Want," plus a chance a trip to New York city and visit me on the set of ISSUES, and you can bring bailey, just as long as you don ` t bring any Bailey ` s Irish Cream with you.

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  • "I hope Maria Bailey is all he thinks her," she added, softly,

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  • Kay Bailey is my Senator, although I have consistently voted against her.

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  • Kay Bailey is a lot better, but how can you support anyone who is endorsed by the evil criminal mastermind Dick Cheney.

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  • A 3-star recruit according to Scout. com, Bailey is an aggressive drive blocker with a nasty side.

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  • It might generate a much shorter list to ask, putting aside the timeframes which environmentalists generally did get wrong (and which Bailey is still harping upon, to less and less avail, except to the chowderheads in Congress), which of their predictions are NOT likely to come true.

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  • It kind of reminds me, though, of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" because, as you recall, in the movie, George Bailey is shown what his hometown would have looked like had he not lived, and things were pretty tough.

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  • As you are certainly well aware, and as Captain Bailey will certainly attest, before any classified operations may be undertaken, a man must first successfully complete the totally unclassified BUD/S Training program; the names of all those who successfully graduate from that training program are compiled in the SEAL database.

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