What does alley mean?

Definitions for alley
ˈæl ial·ley

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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


  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

  2. Alleynoun

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

  3. Alleynoun

    a passageway between rows of pews in a church

  4. Alleynoun

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

  5. Alleynoun

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

  6. Alleynoun

    a choice taw or marble

  7. 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.]


  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. Emily Blunt:

    It's not that it's beneath me. It's not. I loved' Iron Man,' and I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr., it would have been amazing, but I don't know if superheroes are for me. They're not up my alley. I think it's been exhausted. We are inundated. It's not that it's only the movies, it's the endless TV shows as well.

  2. Cecil Williams:

    A student accidentally broke a window, when he broke that window in this bowling alley, everyone started running, and I did, too.

  3. Jerry Coleman:

    There's a shot up the alley. Oh, it's just foul.

  4. Gunther Krichbaum:

    We are talking with Britain and I love Britain and want to keep talking to them, But when the rhetoric is driving you at 100 miles per hour up a blind alley, you have to realize that you won't be able to turn round at the end of the blind alley.

  5. Martin Mull:

    Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.

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