What does Bailey mean?

Definitions for Bailey
ˈbeɪ libai·ley

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Bailey.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bailey, Pearl Bailey, Pearl Mae Baileynoun

    United States singer (1918-1990)

  2. Bailey, Nathan Bailey, Nathaniel Baileynoun

    English lexicographer who was the first to treat etymology consistently; his work was used as a reference by Samuel Johnson (died in 1742)

  3. baileynoun

    the outer courtyard of a castle

  4. baileynoun

    the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castle


  1. baileynoun

    The outer wall of a feudal castle.

  2. baileynoun

    The space immediately within the outer wall of a castle or fortress.

  3. baileynoun

    A prison or court of justice; -- used in certain proper names; as, the Old Bailey in London; the New Bailey in Manchester.

  4. Baileynoun

    for a steward or official.

  5. Baileynoun

    A topographic surname from someone who lived by a bailey (the outer wall of a castle).

  6. Baileynoun

    derived from the surname.

  7. Baileynoun

    (mostly U.S:) .


  1. bailey

    A bailey is the enclosed outer courtyard of a castle, typically surrounded by defensive walls or towers. It is also referred to as a 'ward'. The bailey was used for various purposes such as hosting feasts, conducting business, or housing soldiers, servants and animals. It formed a key part of the fortifications and defense mechanisms of a medieval castle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Baileynoun

    the outer wall of a feudal castle

  2. Baileynoun

    the space immediately within the outer wall of a castle or fortress

  3. Baileynoun

    a prison or court of justice; -- used in certain proper names; as, the Old Bailey in London; the New Bailey in Manchester


  1. Bailey

    Bailey is an unincorporated town and U.S. Post Office in northeastern Park County, Colorado, United States. Bailey's Post Office ZIP Code is 80421. The town community consists of several small businesses, restaurants and churches.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bailey

    bāl′i, n. the outer court of a feudal castle: either of the two courts formed by the spaces between the circuits of walls, hence Outer and Inner Bailey.—The Old Bailey in London, the Central Criminal Court, from the ancient bailey between Lud Gate and New Gate. [Fr. baille, from Low L. ballium.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bailey is ranked #72 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bailey surname appeared 277,845 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 94 would have the surname Bailey.

    72.4% or 201,299 total occurrences were White.
    22% or 61,126 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 6,335 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 6,001 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 1,723 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 1,389 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bailey in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bailey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Bailey in a Sentence

  1. Erica Steip:

    Nick Bailey can replace a house, Nick Bailey can replace furniture, Nick Bailey can replace clothes, but Nick Bailey can not replace memories and pictures, erica Steip's alive, and I'm so grateful.

  2. Hunter Biden:

    This isn't real stuff. It isn't. It truly isn't. That part of it, that Barnum and Bailey -- you know, say anything, do anything you want, I mean, like, you know -- Donald Prince Humperdinck Trump Jr. is not something that I really care about.

  3. Massachusetts Superior Court:

    Bailey is guilty of the most serious and basic trust account violations.

  4. Barry Trotz:

    I look around The Rangers room and see guys like Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck — guys who really cut their teeth in this building, i thought it was important in the last game to get a victory in this building.

  5. Asafa Powell:

    He (Usain Bolt) has a way to go and I think he can come back for the world championship, i feeling very happy that they (Ashmeade and Bailey-Cole) came out and ran sub-10 seconds this weekend, so it shows we are still in with a chance.

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