A derby match is a match between two football (soccer) teams that come from the same town or area. For example, a match between Liverpool and Everton would be considered a derby match.

Of course, there are so many teams from London that any match between them could technically be called a derby, but in reality there are certain teams whose geographical proximity and ancient rivalry qualify their matches as derbies. For example, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

City in southern Derbyshire, England, UK, although not governed as part of that county. Population about 225 000. Historically always played second fiddle to larger and more glamourous (well, larger anyhow) Nottingham, 20km (12 miles) away. Home to the University of Derby, an institution best avoided if you want to maximise your career prospects. Nightlife not bad, but too many pubs.
Seven years after arriving, I have yet to leave. Still not sure why.

Note to non-Brits: Derby is pronounced "Darby". There is a reason for this, but I can't be arsed to explain.

Derby is also a cheese, and has an interesting place in gastronomic history, as it is England's first factory-made cheese. Like the town, it is pronouced "darby"

Derby cheese is a softer, flakier Cheddar, with a very buttery taste. It is pressed into cylinders and features a natural rind It is available in two varieties: plain, and herbed.

Derby is ripe for eating from one through six months. It's fat content is 45%.

research source: cheese.com

Der"by (?; usually ? in Eng.; 85), n.


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.

Derby Day, the day of the annual race for the Derby stakes, -- Wednesday of the week before Whitsuntide.


A stiff felt hat with a dome-shaped crown.


© Webster 1913.

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