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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Origin and Etymology of ruelle
Middle English ruel, from Middle French ruele, literally, alley, diminutive of rue street, from Latin ruga wrinkle, fold
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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