What does alley mean?

Definitions for alley
ˈæl ial·ley

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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

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. 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

    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. Alley(noun)

    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. Alley(noun)

    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. Alley(noun)

    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. Alley(noun)

    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. Alley(noun)

    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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Dalton Smiley:

    We are really roughing it out here. The bowling alley broke on Sunday, the ice-skating rink melted and we can't get anyone to fix it, i don't think they are necessarily doing it to have a pity party. They are trying to be relatable.

  3. Kelvin Cochran:

    My family was very, very poor, we were living in a shotgun house in an alley – three big brothers, two little sisters.

  4. Miranda Lambert:

    Reese texted me and told me about the movie and wanted me to write something or sing or both. I got inspired, it was a bit of a Thelma and Louise theme and that's totally up my alley. It is really so fun to be part of it.

  5. 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.

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