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alley

noun al·ley \ ˈa-lē \

Definition of alley

plural alleys
1 :a garden or park walk bordered by trees or bushes
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
  • hit a line drive into the alley
3 :a narrow street; especially :a thoroughfare through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings
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
: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

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alley

noun

Definition of alley

plural alleys
:a playing marble; especially :one of superior quality

Origin and Etymology of alley

by shortening and alteration from alabaster



ALLEY Defined for Kids

alley

noun al·ley \ ˈa-lē \

Definition of alley for Students

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


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