noun (plural Derbies)
1.1A race similar to the Derby elsewhere: the Kentucky Derby
More example sentences
- He added there was indications the winners of the English and French Derbies would run the 1.3 million race.
- 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.
- He won nine English Derbies, three Arc de Triomphes and 11 jockeys' championships.
1.2 (derby) A sporting contest open to the general public: sign up for the fishing derby
More example sentences
- 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.
- That's why this semi-final has been dubbed the most important derby this century.
- While a win in this derby will be important in itself, he will be looking at the bigger picture.
2 (derby or derby hat) North American A bowler hat.
[Said to be from American demand for a hat of the type worn at the Epsom Derby]
- The majority of the foxhunters wear black coats and top hats or derbies.
- He had black curly hair that was covered by a derby hat.
- 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.
[So named because originally a sports boot]
- 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?
- 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.
A hard pressed cheese made from skimmed milk, chiefly in Derbyshire.
- 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.
- 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.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.