bai·ley / ˈbālē/ • n. (pl. -leys) the outer wall of a castle. ∎ a court enclosed by this.
bailey (court within) wall surrounding castle XIII. ME. bail(l)y, var. baile, prob. — OF. bail(l)e enclosed court. The Old Bailey in London stood in the ancient ‘bailey’ of the city wall between Ludgate and Newgate.
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