noun al·ley \ˈa-lē\
plural alleys

Definition of ALLEY

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

Other Baseball Terms

cleanup, nightcap, safety, save, shag


plural alleys

Definition of ALLEY

:  a playing marble; especially :  one of superior quality

Origin of ALLEY

by shortening and alteration from alabaster
First Known Use: 1720

Rhymes with ALLEY

ALLEY[1] Defined for Kids


noun al·ley \ˈa-lē\
plural al·leys

Definition of ALLEY for Kids

:  a narrow passageway between buildings
:  a special narrow wooden floor on which balls are rolled in bowling


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