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proper nounPlural derbies, Plural Derbies
A city in north central England, on the Derwent River; population 244,700 (est. 2009).
nounPlural derbies, Plural Derbies
1An annual horse race for three-year-olds, founded in 1780 by the 12th Earl of Derby. The race is run on Epsom Downs in England in late May or early June.
- 1.1 A race similar to the Derby elsewhere.‘the Kentucky Derby’
- ‘He added there was indications the winners of the English and French Derbies would run the 1.3 million race.’
- ‘The Minstrel and Golden Fleece won him the Epsom Derby, and he owned the winners of three Arcs and four Irish Derbies.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He won nine English Derbies, three Arc de Triomphes and 11 jockeys' championships.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2 A sporting contest open to the general public.‘sign up for the fishing derby’
- ‘While a win in this derby will be important in itself, he will be looking at the bigger picture.’
- ‘The importance of this derby was reflected in the frenetic early play, when only nine points were scored in the first five minutes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's a one-off game and home advantage is important in a derby game, especially in the FA Cup.’
- ‘That's why this semi-final has been dubbed the most important derby this century.’
- 1.1 A race similar to the Derby elsewhere.
2North American A bowler 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.’
- ‘He had black curly hair that was covered by a derby hat.’
- ‘He wears a derby hat covered with pins he collects from every stop.’
- ‘The majority of the foxhunters wear black coats and top hats or derbies.’
- ‘A small derby hat adorned his balding pate, longish scraggles of grey-hairs nearly whispering along his ears and neck.’
3A boot or shoe having the eyelet tabs stitched on top of the vamp.
- ‘This season lace-up Derby shoes feature a retro edge.’
- ‘These brown leather punched derby shoes are made in Northampton - the home of British shoe making.’
- ‘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?’
nounPlural derbies, Plural Derbies
A hard pressed 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.’
- ‘Windsor Red is an English specialty blending hot pink Elderberry wine with mild Derby cheese.’
- ‘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.’
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