al·​ley·​way ˈa-lē-ˌwā How to pronounce alleyway (audio)
: a narrow passageway

Examples of alleyway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The officers chase Aparicio into an alleyway across the street. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 California authorities have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the murder of a young woman found dead in an alleyway off Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach last weekend. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 16 Nov. 2023 The centuries-old stone alleyways of cities like Bern and Zurich, intact and untouched by world wars, are living museums. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2023 Both artists have spent the last two weeks teasing the new track across their social media channels, including an Instagram video that showed Smith strutting down an alleyway and lip-synching along to their verse. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 19 Oct. 2023 The nature of London as a city where past and present intersect down every alleyway allows for easy passage between the periods, and the production design and costumes keep each period autonomous and distinct. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Oct. 2023 The alleyway still stands as a monument to the tragedy. Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2023 At the back of the property, where the garage opens to an alleyway, the townhouse is emblazoned with a mural that depicts a wolf sitting under a Bodhi tree. Mark David, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2023 The small mob began moving up the lane, past lines of scooters and water jugs, an alleyway cow, clothes drying on a line, and the butcher shop where flies still circled although the day’s cutting was long done. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of alleyway was in 1788

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“Alleyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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al·​ley·​way ˈal-ē-ˌwā How to pronounce alleyway (audio)

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