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 The fire started in an alleyway between the two buildings., "New England news in brief," 23 Apr. 2021 Inspectors that year also cited the South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital after finding that a 57-year-old resident with a history of mental illness left the building and used gasoline to light herself on fire in a nearby alleyway. Washington Post, "Profit and pain: How California’s largest nursing home chain amassed millions as scrutiny mounted," 31 Dec. 2020 Standt’s bedroom window looks out on an alleyway between Lemoyne and Logan streets. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "‘It stood out to me as egregious’: Protesters, others allege LAPD violence at Echo Park sweep," 30 Mar. 2021 Not the way Tre sweetly cradled Ricky’s limp, lifeless body in the alleyway. Jason Parham, Los Angeles Times, "John Singleton saw a tenderness in Black L.A. that the world refused to look at," 17 Mar. 2021 The two pipe bombs were planted between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., the FBI said: One was hidden next to a bench outside the DNC headquarters, and the other was placed in an alleyway next to the RNC headquarters. Joe Walsh, Forbes, "FBI Releases New Video Of ‘Viable’ Pipe Bombs Planted Outside DNC And RNC," 9 Mar. 2021 In 1897, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad Company had acted illegally in extending a track fourteen feet above a Chicago alleyway owned by a man named Warren Springer. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "How Much of Your Stuff Belongs to Big Tech?," 8 Mar. 2021 This doesn’t mean wearing a cape and flying into an alleyway to save someone. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Breaking the silence: How to talk to your kids about sexual assault, consent," 4 Mar. 2021 Additional footage shows the suspect walking in front of Washington’s Capitol Hill Club, a private club for Republicans, and in an alleyway between the club and the Republican National Committee headquarters. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "FBI releases chilling video of pipe bomb suspect near RNC and DNC," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of alleyway

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Alleyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of alleyway

: a passage between buildings

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