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

Definition of alleyway

1 : a narrow passageway

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The department's investigators are asking residents and businesses within a half-mile radius of the bar to check their backyards, alleyways and properties for anything suspicious or strange, including clothing and weapons. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Racine police announce increased reward for suspect who shot an off-duty officer," 24 June 2019 In Vietnam, there are legions of banh cuon cooks (most are women) who practice their craft in storefronts, alleyways and sidewalks. Andrea Nguyen,, "Banh cuon 101: Everything you need to know about Vietnamese rice sheets," 19 June 2019 And vibrant shops and cafes, beguiling alleyways with plants cascading from iron balconies, and cloistered courtyards attest to the artists’ talents. Michael J. Bailey,, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 Sit outside, in a quiet alleyway off Via Cavour, or in the cool interior. Will Hawkes, Houston Chronicle, "He promised his son Rome — would it deliver?," 14 June 2019 On a recent Saturday, Cherizier ducked through purple and yellow sheets hung out to dry in narrow alleyways and sidestepped rusty wheelbarrows filled with sugarcane and women doing their wash in buckets. Fox News, "Leader or killer? A day with 'Barbecue' in Haiti's capital," 7 June 2019 In addition to the photo, video footage from a restaurant next store shows people fleeing the store and running down a nearby alleyway. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix police released a photo of possible suspect in nail salon killing," 7 June 2019 In the alleyway near the apartment, the officer saw a woman, wearing a bra and sweatpants, climbing over a tall barbed-wire fence and screaming. Olivia Prentzel,, "Police arrest man accused of kidnapping, raping woman inside his Central City apartment," 5 June 2019 From a mobile studio, JR printed posters of guests and wheatpasted them in the neighboring alleyway, allowing those who were viewing his mural to instantly become a part of one themselves. Elizabeth Inglese, Vogue, "Nick Cave, JR, and Tauba Auerbach Brought the Art to the SFMOMA’s Art Bash," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of alleyway

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of alleyway

: a passage between buildings

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