What does Derby mean?

Definitions for Derby
ˈdɜr bi; Brit. ˈdɑr-der·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bowler hat, bowler, derby hat, derby, plug hatnoun

    a felt hat that is round and hard with a narrow brim


  1. derbynoun

    Any of several annual horseraces.

  2. derbynoun

    By extension, any organized race.

  3. derbynoun

    A bowler hat

  4. derbynoun

    A local derby

  5. Derbynoun

    A city in the east Midlands of England, once the county town of Derbyshire.

  6. Etymology: From Epsom Derby horse race, named after Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby.


  1. Derby

    Derby ( (listen) DAR-bee) is a city and unitary authority area in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the banks of the River Derwent in the south of Derbyshire, which is in the East Midlands Region. It was traditionally the county town of Derbyshire. Derby gained city status in 1977. The last decade has seen the population increase by 5.1%, from around 248,800 in 2011 to 261,400 in 2021.Derby was settled by Romans, who established the town of Derventio, later captured by the Anglo-Saxons, and later still by the Vikings, who made their town of Djúra-bý one of the Five Boroughs of the Danelaw. Initially a market town, Derby grew rapidly in the industrial era. Home to Lombe's Mill, an early British factory, Derby has a claim to be one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. It contains the southern part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. With the arrival of the railways in the 19th century, Derby became a centre of the British rail industry. Derby is a centre for advanced transport manufacturing, being home to the world's second largest aero-engine manufacturer: Rolls-Royce. Bombardier Transportation has a production facility at the Derby Litchurch Lane Works while Toyota Manufacturing UK's automobile headquarters is located southwest of the city at Burnaston.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derbynoun

    a race for three-old horses, run annually at Epsom (near London), for the Derby stakes. It was instituted by the 12th Earl of Derby, in 1780

  2. Derbynoun

    a stiff felt hat with a dome-shaped crown


  1. Derby

    Derby is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands region of England. It lies upon the banks of the River Derwent and is located in the south of the ceremonial county of Derbyshire. In the 2011 census, the city had a population of 248,700.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Derby

    där′bi, n. a great horse-race held annually on the Derby Day, on the Wednesday before Whitsuntide, on Epsom Downs, near London, so called from the Derby stakes, instituted by the Earl of Derby in 1780; a rounded felt hat with narrow brim.—ns. Der′byshire-neck, a form of the disease goitre, occurring in Derbyshire; Der′byshire-spar, a fluorspar found in Derbyshire.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Derby

    county town of Derbyshire, on the Derwent, with manufactures of silk, cotton hosiery, lace, porcelain, &c.; it is the centre of a great railway system.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Derby

    Saxon for “deer village.” The Derby stakes at Epsom were founded by Edward Smith Stanley, Earl of Derby, in 1780.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DERBY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Derby is ranked #5921 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Derby surname appeared 5,822 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Derby.

    88.7% or 5,169 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 310 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 163 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 104 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 43 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 33 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Derby' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3828

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Derby in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Derby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Derby in a Sentence

  1. Jimmy George:

    The great thing about the' Big Three' stallions is that their quality transcends all different sectors to a degree, it doesn't matter if you are looking for a two-year-old, or a classic miler, or a horse to win the Derby or the Oaks. They are producing animals in every sector... and that's a huge part of the appeal.

  2. Mike Pegram:

    The Derby is bigger than ever, the Derby's the everyday racing that's still struggling.

  3. Kiaran McLaughlin:

    Everybody wants to win the Kentucky Derby, but I don’t think anyone deserves it more than Sheik Mohammed because he has put so much into the game and not just money.

  4. Kevin Flanery:

    For many fans around the country, the first Saturday in May has become a part of their family's yearly traditions, while we eagerly look forward to the 146th Kentucky Derby this year on the first Saturday in September, we will celebrate the annual excitement of our traditional date with our fans and community by offering ways for us to join together for a great cause.

  5. Jason Kidd:

    If it becomes a popular thing, maybe we can do some charity events, a home run derby, or a tournament or something like that, but really just for the kids, or even the grown-ups, to come out and play some ball.

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