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 Around midnight, Mark vomits out of Elizabeth’s window into the alleyway behind her building. Sofie Birkin, Marie Claire, "Playing Kerri Strug," 9 Feb. 2021 Diggs was mysteriously killed in an alleyway on December 30, 1968. Nick Allen, Vulture, "Who’s Who in Judas and the Black Messiah: A Character Guide," 13 Feb. 2021 Images of Malcolm X baptizing Tupac, or Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shooting dice in an alleyway with rappers who have died are more of a troll, Desus said. New York Times, "These Images Tell the Stories of American Blackness," 27 Jan. 2021 As the students neared an alleyway between Selby and Dayton avenues, a car with bright headlights pulled up next to them. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, "Five University of St. Thomas students robbed at gunpoint by suspects wearing ski masks," 17 Jan. 2021 Ferguson was found shot dead in an alleyway Sunday afternoon. Fox News, "Oklahoma man tells cops he shot and killed 27-year-old woman in alleyway ‘to teach her a lesson’: police," 4 Dec. 2020 In July, a local youth group painted a colorful Black Lives Matter mural in a prominent alleyway. Leo Mirani, The New Yorker, "The Great Barrington Declaration Ruffles Locals’ Feathers," 21 Dec. 2020 As Streeter and the officers emerged from an alleyway into a bright parking lot bordering traffic, Streeter can be seen slowing to a walk while pointing his gun at his head. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Bodycam video released of Phoenix officers shooting man accused of assaulting woman, pointing gun at himself," 26 Nov. 2020 The alleyway, between the gallery and Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café, has been the site of temporary murals before, but with more gatherings taking place outside in the age of coronavirus, the time seemed right to make permanent improvements. Matthew J. Palm,, "1st mural — 63 feet long — brightens Sanford’s historic district," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of alleyway

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Mar 2021

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“Alleyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of alleyway

: a passage between buildings

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