One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A city in the Midlands of England, on the River Derwent; population 244,700 (est. 2009).
1An annual flat race for three-year-old horses, founded in 1780 by the 12th Earl of Derby and run on Epsom Downs in England in late May or early June.
- 1.1 A race similar to the Derby, run elsewhere.‘the Irish Derby’
- ‘The top three-year-old in Europe was an English-owned, French-trained colt, winner of the French and Irish Derbies before putting up the performance of the season to catch a rival horse in the Arc.’
- ‘By this stage, the Epsom and French Derbies have been held and the Irish Derby, which was first run in 1866, provides the perfect opportunity for the winners of both races to face off for the ultimate test.’
- ‘The Minstrel and Golden Fleece won him the Epsom Derby, and he owned the winners of three Arcs and four Irish Derbies.’
- ‘He won nine English Derbies, three Arc de Triomphes and 11 jockeys' championships.’
- ‘He added there was indications the winners of the English and French Derbies would run the 1.3 million race.’
- 1.2often in names An important sporting contest.‘the showjumping Derby at Hickstead’
- ‘The importance of this derby was reflected in the frenetic early play, when only nine points were scored in the first five minutes.’
- ‘It's a one-off game and home advantage is important in a derby game, especially in the FA Cup.’
- ‘While a win in this derby will be important in itself, he will be looking at the bigger picture.’
- ‘That's why this semi-final has been dubbed the most important derby this century.’
- ‘Every south coast derby is important but because of the club's position, stage of the season, and what's at stake the magnitude of this fixture has trebled tenfold.’
- 1.3British A sports match between two rival teams from the same area.
contest, competition, game, tournament, tie, cup tie, event, fixture, trial, test, test match, meet, bout, fight, duelView synonyms
- ‘It was always going to be an uphill struggle to motivate the side even in the face of a local derby match.’
- ‘A few years ago, my team lost a local derby, and had a goal disallowed in the last minute.’
- ‘It was a big game because it was a local derby and it meant a lot to the fans.’
- ‘There were a lot of local derbies in League One last year but no disrespect to that league, the games next season are going to be that much bigger.’
- ‘It was a big game, a local derby with over 20,000 fans here so there was a lot riding on the match.’
- 1.1 A race similar to the Derby, run elsewhere.
2North American A bowler hat.
- ‘A small derby hat adorned his balding pate, longish scraggles of grey-hairs nearly whispering along his ears and neck.’
- ‘The majority of the foxhunters wear black coats and top hats or derbies.’
- ‘He wears a derby hat covered with pins he collects from every stop.’
- ‘He had black curly hair that was covered by a derby hat.’
- ‘I grabbed a black derby hat from my closet and covered my messy hair before following Jake back down the stairs and out to his car.’
3A boot or shoe having the eyelet tabs stitched on top of the vamp.
- ‘But how often have you seen men slip up and wear derby shoes with worn-out jeans, or even casual loafers with suits, for example?’
- ‘These brown leather punched derby shoes are made in Northampton - the home of British shoe making.’
- ‘This season lace-up Derby shoes feature a retro edge.’
A hard cheese made from skimmed milk, chiefly in Derbyshire.
- ‘Only when the Little Derby cheese has reached its optimum flavour is it brought out, the cloth removed and the cheese washed in Red Wine.’
- ‘The derby cheese is described in several places on the web as having the flavor and consistency of a very mild cheddar, with an added buttery flavor.’
- ‘In the seventeenth century, the custom of adding sage (a herb valued at the time for its health-giving properties) to Derby cheese was begun.’
- ‘We prepare our own chips, then smother them with black beans, derby cheese, shredded lettuce, fresh diced tomatoes, chopped onions, Jalapeño peppers and green onions.’
- ‘Windsor Red is an English specialty blending hot pink Elderberry wine with mild Derby cheese.’
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