noun ru·elle \(ˈ)rü¦el\

Definition of ruelle



  1. 1 archaic :  the space between a bed and the wall

  2. 2 :  a morning reception held in their bedrooms by fashionable French ladies of the 17th and 18th centuries

  3. 3 :  a narrow street or alley the smaller ruelles were in pitch-darkness — Donald Stokes

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Origin and Etymology of ruelle

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

First Known Use: 15th century

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