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the defensive wall surrounding an outer court of a castle.
the courtyard itself.
Liberty Hyde, 1858–1954, U.S. botanist, horticulturist, and writer.
Nathan or Nathaniel, died 1742, English lexicographer.
Contemporary Examples

Ironically, next up at Staples Center is the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & bailey Circus.
The Greatest Showman on Earth Pat O’Brien July 6, 2009

bailey does continue to stand by Palin despite this blistering judgment.
More Juicy Bits From the Sarah Palin Tell-All Shushannah Walshe February 22, 2011

“I love the idea of this crazy, fast, speedy world—and then saying, that can coexist with the incredibly slow,” bailey says.
Burberry’s Design Star Isabel Wilkinson October 30, 2011

“I am profoundly moved and humbled to be asked to take on the CEO role at this company that means so much to me,” bailey said.
Eric Wilson Named InStyle’s Fashion News Director; Christopher Bailey Replaces Angela Ahrendts as Burberry CEO The Fashion Beast Team October 14, 2013

However, bailey’s research does not support the existence of a sole “gay gene.”
Do You Have Gay DNA? Tim Teeman February 14, 2014

Historical Examples

Miss Blake found “bailey’s Babies” astonishingly unmanageable.
Little Aliens Myra Kelly

It is related to bail and to bailey, a ward in a fortress, as in Old bailey.
The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley

And again he wondered that Miss bailey should waste her time—and his—in folly.
Little Aliens Myra Kelly

“Then he will be elected captain of Company D,” said bailey.
In School and Out Oliver Optic

He listened gravely while Congdon described the shooting at bailey Harbor.
Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson

the outermost wall or court of a castle
David. born 1938, English photographer
Nathan or Nathaniel. died 1742, English lexicographer: compiler of An Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1721–27)

“wall enclosing an outer court,” early 14c. (c.1200 in Anglo-Latin), baylle, variant of bail, from Old French bail “stake, palisade, brace,” of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately connected to Latin bacula “sticks,” on notion of “stakes, palisade fence.” Old Bailey, seat of Central Criminal Court in London, was so called because it stood within the ancient bailey of the city wall. The surname Bailey usually is from Old French bailli, a later form of baillif (see bailiff).


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