Definitions for alleyˈæl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•leyˈæl i(n.)(pl.)-leys.

  1. a passage, as behind a row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.

  2. a narrow back street.

  3. a walk, as in a garden, enclosed with hedges or shrubbery.

  4. Bowling. a long, narrow, wooden lane or floor along which the ball is rolled. (often pl.) a building for bowling.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: bowling green. 1

  5. Rare. an aisle.

Idioms for alley:

  1. (right) up or down one's alley, highly compatible with one's interests or abilities.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of alley:

1350–1400; < MF alee walk, passage, der. of fem. of ale, ptp. of aler to walk

al•ley*ˈæl i(n.)(pl.)-leys.

  1. a large and choice playing marble.

    Category: Dialect

  2. any playing marble.

* Northeastern U.S..

Origin of alley:

1710–20; prob. al (abaster ) + -y2, sp. to conform with alley1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alley, alleyway, back street(noun)

    a narrow street with walls on both sides

  2. bowling alley, alley, skittle alley(noun)

    a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. alley(noun)ˈæl i

    a path between buildings

    to walk down an alley

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alley(noun)

    a narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered way

  2. Alley(noun)

    a narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a public street

  3. Alley(noun)

    a passageway between rows of pews in a church

  4. Alley(noun)

    any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length

  5. Alley(noun)

    the space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office

  6. Alley(noun)

    a choice taw or marble


  1. Alley

    An alley or alleyway is a narrow lane found in urban areas, often for pedestrians only, which usually runs between or behind buildings. In older cities and towns in Europe, alleys are often what is left of a medieval street network, or a right of way or ancient footpath in an urban setting. In older urban development, alleys were built to allow for deliveries such as coal to the rear of houses. Alleys may be paved, or simply dirt tracks. A blind alley has no outlet at one end and is thus a cul-de-sac. Many modern urban developments do not incorporate alleys, but some may provide a service road to allow for waste collection, or rear access for fire engines and parking. Andrés Duany, American architect and urban planner, has long espoused the use of alleys as leading to a better integration of automobile and foot traffic in a neighborhood.

Anagrams of alley

  1. Yella

Translations for alley

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(oftenˈalleyway ) a narrow street in a city etc (usually not wide enough for vehicles).

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