ru·​elle | \ (ˈ)rü¦el \
plural -s

Definition of ruelle

1 archaic : the space between a bed and the wall
2 : a morning reception held in their bedrooms by fashionable French ladies of the 17th and 18th centuries
3 : a narrow street or alley the smaller ruelles were in pitch-darkness— Donald Stokes

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First Known Use of ruelle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ruelle

Middle English ruel, from Middle French ruele, literally, alley, diminutive of rue street, from Latin ruga wrinkle, fold

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

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