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alley

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noun, al·ley \ˈa-lē\

Definition of alley

plural alleys

  1. 1 :  a garden or park walk bordered by trees or bushes

  2. 2 a (1) :  a grassed enclosure for bowling or skittles (2) :  a hardwood lane for bowling; also :  a room or building housing a group of such lanes b :  the space on each side of a tennis doubles court between the sideline and the service sideline c :  an area in a baseball outfield between two outfielders when they are in normal positions

  3. 3 :  a narrow street; especially :  a thoroughfare through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings

up one's alley also down one's alley
  1. :  suited to one's own tastes or abilities



Origin of alley

Middle English, from Anglo-French alee, from aler to go


First Known Use: 14th century

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alley

noun, al·ley

Definition of alley

plural alleys

  1. :  a playing marble; especially :  one of superior quality



Origin of alley

by shortening and alteration from alabaster


First Known Use: 1720



ALLEY Defined for Kids

alley

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noun al·ley \ˈa-lē\

Definition of alley for Students

plural alleys

  1. 1 :  a narrow passageway between buildings

  2. 2 :  a special narrow wooden floor on which balls are rolled in bowling




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