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Definition bay

Etymology 1

From Middle English baye, baie, from Old English beġ (“berry”), as in beġbēam (“berry-tree”), conflated with Old French baie, from Latin bāca (“berry”).


bay (plural bays)

  1. (obsolete) A berry.
  2. Laurus nobilis, a tree or shrub of the family Lauraceae, having dark green leaves and berries.
  3. Bay leaf, the leaf of this or certain other species of tree or shrub, used as a herb.
  4. (in the plural, now rare) The leaves of this shrub, woven into a garland used to reward a champion or victor; hence, fame, victory.
  5. (US, dialectal) A tract covered with bay trees.
  6. A kind of mahogany obtained from Campeche in Mexico.

Etymology 2

From French baie, from Late Latin baia, probably ultimately from Iberian or Basque badia.


bay (plural bays)

  1. (geography) A body of water (especially the sea) more or less three-quarters surrounded by land.
  2. A bank or dam to keep back water.

Etymology 3

From French baie, from Old French baé, masculine singular past participle of the verb baer, from Vulgar Latin *badō (“I am open”). More at bevel, badinage.


bay (plural bays)

  1. An opening in a wall, especially between two columns.
  2. An internal recess; a compartment or area surrounded on three sides.
  3. The distance between two supports in a vault or building with a pitched roof.
  4. (nautical) Each of the spaces, port and starboard, between decks, forward of the bitts, in sailing warships.
  5. (rail transport) A bay platform.
  6. A bay window.

Etymology 4

From Old French bay, combined with aphesized form of abay; verbal form of baier, abaier.


bay (plural bays)

  1. The excited howling of dogs when hunting or being attacked.
  2. (by extension) The climactic confrontation between hunting-dogs and their prey.
  3. (figuratively) A state of being obliged to face an antagonist or a difficulty, when escape has become impossible.

bay (third-person singular simple present bays, present participle baying, simple past and past participle bayed)

  1. (intransitive) To howl.
  2. (transitive) To bark at; hence, to follow with barking; to bring or drive to bay.
  3. (transitive) To pursue noisily, like a pack of hounds.

Etymology 5

From French baie, from Latin badius (“reddish brown, chestnut”).


bay (comparative more bay, superlative most bay)

  1. Of a reddish-brown colour (especially of horses).

bay (uncountable)

  1. A brown colour/color of the coat of some horses.
  2. A horse of this color.

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