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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alley, alleyway, back streetnoun

    a narrow street with walls on both sides

  2. bowling alley, alley, skittle alleynoun

    a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins

Wikipedia

  1. Alley

    An alley or alleyway is a narrow lane, path, or passageway, often reserved for pedestrians, which usually runs between, behind, or within buildings in the older parts of towns and cities. It is also a rear access or service road (back lane), or a path, walk, or avenue (French allée) in a park or garden.A covered alley or passageway, often with shops, may be called an arcade. The origin of the word alley is late Middle English, from Old French: alee "walking or passage", from aller "to go", from Latin: ambulare "to walk".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alleynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. aley, alley, OF. ale, F. alle, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]

  2. Alleynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. aley, alley, OF. ale, F. alle, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]

  3. Alleynoun

    a passageway between rows of pews in a church

    Etymology: [OE. aley, alley, OF. ale, F. alle, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]

  4. Alleynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. aley, alley, OF. ale, F. alle, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]

  5. Alleynoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. aley, alley, OF. ale, F. alle, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]

  6. Alleynoun

    a choice taw or marble

    Etymology: [OE. aley, alley, OF. ale, F. alle, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go; of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alley

    al′li, n. a walk in a garden or shrubbery: a passage in a city narrower than a street: a long narrow enclosure for playing at bowls or skittles:—pl. All′eys. [O. Fr. alee (Fr. allée), a passage, from aller, to go, O. Fr. aner, most prob. from L. adnāre, to go to by water, or aditāre, adīre.]

  2. Alley

    Ally, al′li, n. a name given by boys to a choice taw or large marble. [Contraction of alabaster, of which it was originally made.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alley in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Alley in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Millsaps:

    We're extremely fortunate that the main charge didn't go off, there were 25 people in the courtyard of the wine bar and another 30 outside on the alley in front. We wouldn't be here anymore if the bomb had gone off.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Regretting/worrying over the past events/actions is nothing else but only a blind alley i.e. regretting/worrying over and over again is a course of action that definitely leads to nowhere/progress. Thus, quit worrying over and over again no matter your condition.

  3. Eva Watson:

    They opened up on him right there in the alley.

  4. Terry Bradshaw:

    This is great, right up my alley, it’s an awareness program that I got involved with for people over 65. Just go see your doctor and see if the pneumococcal vaccine is something you should take.

  5. Pete Rose Rose:

    I enjoy talking baseball, and that's what this is all about, enjoying the game of baseball, sitting in the green room watching two or three games, getting on TV and talking about it. It's right up my alley, I think.

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