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

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

  4. 4 :  an extensive region where destructive natural phenomena of a specified type (such as tornadoes) occur often or are likely to occur The most obvious tornado alley extends from the plains of northwest Texas eastward into north Texas and then northward across Oklahoma, Kansas, and eastern Nebraska. — Tom Konvicka

up one's alley

or less commonly

down one's alley

  1. :  suited to one's own tastes or abilities a job that's right up her alley

Origin and Etymology 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 and Etymology 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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