Meaning of BAY in English

I. ˈbā adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French bai, from Latin badius; akin to Old Irish buide yellow

Date: 14th century

: reddish brown

a bay mare

II. noun

Date: 1535

1. : a bay-colored animal ; specifically : a horse with a bay-colored body and black mane, tail, and points — compare chestnut 4, sorrel I,1

2. : a reddish brown

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French baee opening, from feminine of baé, past participle of baer to be wide open, gape, from Vulgar Latin * batare

Date: 14th century

1. : a principal compartment of the walls, roof, or other part of a building or of the whole building

2. : a main division of a structure

3. : any of various compartments or sections used for a special purpose (as in an airplane, spacecraft, or service station)

a bomb bay

a cargo bay

4. : bay window 1

5. : a support or housing for electronic equipment

IV. verb

Etymology: Middle English baien, abaien, from Anglo-French abaier, of imitative origin

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

1. : to bark with prolonged tones

dogs bay ing at the moon

2. : to cry out : shout

transitive verb

1. : to bark at

2. : to bring to bay

3. : to pursue with barking

4. : to utter in deep prolonged tones

V. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : a baying of dogs

2. : the position of one unable to retreat and forced to face danger

brought his quarry to bay

3. : the position of one checked

police kept the rioters at bay

VI. noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English baye, from Anglo-French bai, perhaps from baer to be wide open

Date: 14th century

1. : an inlet of the sea or other body of water usually smaller than a gulf

2. : a small body of water set off from the main body

3. : any of various terrestrial formations resembling a bay of the sea

VII. noun

Etymology: Middle English, berry, laurel berry, from Anglo-French bai, from L. baca

Date: 15th century


a. : laurel 1

b. : any of several shrubs or trees (as the red bay or sweet bay) resembling the laurel — compare bay rum


a. : a garland or crown especially of laurel given as a prize for victory or excellence

b. : honor , fame — usually used in plural

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