Definitions

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

  • n. Sports Any of various annual horseraces, especially for three-year-olds.
  • n. Sports A formal race usually having an open field of contestants: a motorcycle derby.
  • n. A stiff felt hat with a round crown and a narrow, curved brim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several annual horseraces.
  • n. By extension, any organized race.
  • n. A bowler hat
  • n. A local derby

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A race for three-old horses, run annually at Epsom (near London), for the Derby stakes. It was instituted by the 12th Earl of Derby, in 1780.
  • n. A stiff felt hat with a dome-shaped crown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The most important annual horse-race of England, founded in 1780 by the twelfth Earl of Derby, and run at Epsom, Surrey, in the spring, generally on the Wednesday before Whitsuntide.
  • n. [lowercase] A masons' two-handled float.
  • n. [lowercase] A stiff felt hat with rounded crown and more or less narrow brim, worn by men, and sometimes also by women, for walking or riding.
  • Same as Derbian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a felt hat that is round and hard with a narrow brim

Etymologies

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

After Edward Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby (1752-1834), founder of the English Derby.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Epsom Derby horse race, named after Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby.

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