Bai"ley (?), n. [The same word as bail line of palisades; cf. LL. ballium bailey, OF. bail, baille, a palisade, baillier to inclose, shut.]

1.

The outer wall of a feudal castle.

[Obs.]

2.

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

[Obs.]

3.

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

[Eng.]

Oxf. Gloss.

 

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