al·​ley·​way | \ ˈa-lē-ˌwā How to pronounce alleyway (audio) \

Definition of alleyway

1 : a narrow passageway

Examples of alleyway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guillermo Valencia, 39, was found lying unconscious in an alleyway in East Los Angeles, blood streaming from a 2-inch gash in the back of his head in 2008. Los Angeles Times, "In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended," 13 Oct. 2019 The booksellers of the real-life Cecil Court do, if only because the alleyway in front of their shops is frequently clogged with tour groups learning that fact via megaphone. Michael Hingston, Houston Chronicle, "London’s bookstores punctuate the city," 20 Sep. 2019 Manny pulled in through an alleyway as a shotgun blast blew out one of his officers' tires. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "A beat cop, a fateful shooting and the moments that shaped Phoenix's history," 17 July 2019 After an intense chase, the Waif and a very injured Arya face off in a sword fight in an alleyway in Braavos. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "14 Game of Thrones Theories That Will Blow Your Mind in Season 7," 23 Aug. 2017 The officer shoots at the suspect, who's seen from another angle, running around into an alleyway, the sheriff's office said. Dakin Andone, CNN, "This surveillance video shows the killing of an Arkansas police officer," 15 Dec. 2019 The Jeep exited on National Avenue and tried to lose police by making several turns through alleyways, the complaint said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man wanted 'suicide by cop' to avoid jail, criminal complaint says," 3 Dec. 2019 All the alleyways and side-streets blocked with stops and colons. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Ciaran Carson, Versatile Belfast Poet, Is Dead at 70," 11 Oct. 2019 This fairytale Medieval city of cobbled alleyways, church spires, and turrets seems even more romantic in the fading afternoon light. Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Places to Visit in Europe in October for Stunning Fall Foliage," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of alleyway

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Alleyway.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of alleyway

: a passage between buildings

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