plural -s
archaic : the space between a bed and the wall
: a morning reception held in their bedrooms by fashionable French ladies of the 17th and 18th centuries
: a narrow street or alley
the smaller ruelles were in pitch-darknessDonald Stokes

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruelle was in the 15th century

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“Ruelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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