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n. pl. bai·leys
1. A wall or palisade surrounding the structures protected by a medieval fort or castle, especially the outer wall of a castle.
2. The space enclosed by this wall.
[Middle English bailli, from Old French baille, probably from Latin bacula, pl. of baculum, log, stick; see bacillus.]
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(Fortifications) the outermost wall or court of a castle
[C13: from Old French baille enclosed court, from bailler to enclose; see bail3]
1. (Biography) David. born 1938, English photographer
2. (Biography) Nathan or Nathaniel. died 1742, English lexicographer: compiler of An Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1721–27)
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n., pl. -leys.
1. the outer defense of a castle, comprising orig. a ditch and palisade surrounding the motte and later a wall or concentric walls surrounding the keep.
2. the space enclosed by a castle's outer wall or walls.
[1350–1400; Middle English bail(l)e < Old French]
Nathan or Nathaniel, died 1742, English lexicographer.
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|Noun||1.||Bailey - United States singer (1918-1990)|
|2.||Bailey - English lexicographer who was the first to treat etymology consistently; his work was used as a reference by Samuel Johnson (died in 1742)|
|3.||bailey - the outer courtyard of a castle|
|4.||bailey - the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castle|
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