val·​ley | \ ˈva-lē How to pronounce valley (audio) \
plural valleys

Definition of valley

1a : an elongate depression of the earth's surface usually between ranges of hills or mountains
b : an area drained by a river and its tributaries
2 : a low point or condition
b : the place of meeting of two slopes of a roof that form on the plan a reentrant angle

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Examples of valley in a Sentence

the valley will be the first to flood if the river rises
Recent Examples on the Web Investigators have asked employees of hotels or motels in the Las Vegas valley to check their registries on the days of May 27 and 28 to see if Moreno Rodriguez checked into their establishments. Fox News, 8 June 2021 One of those layers is in Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood southeast of the Old City that spans the sides of a steep valley. New York Times, 7 June 2021 In the ebb and flow of the Afghan war, government troops sometimes still manage to retake areas like Arghandab, a fertile valley on the western edge of Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city. WSJ, 7 June 2021 That made for much easier commutes on Highway 37 getting in and out of the track that is nestled near the foot of the wine valley. Michael Wagaman, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 Bears Ears covers lands considered sacred to Native Americans where red rocks reveal petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and distinctive twin buttes bulge from a grassy valley. Brady Mccombs, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 We're sort of sandwiched between the Washburn and Absaroka mountain ranges with a mile of open meadow and valley in front of us. Jacob Job, Scientific American, 4 June 2021 But when the glaciers melted, the sea level rose to flood and completely cover what had been the lower Susquehanna River valley. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Bluff trail is a relatively easy hike through woodlands and oak savanna, with views of hills to the west and the Mississippi River valley from 660-foot King’s Bluff at the end. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of valley

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for valley

Middle English valeye, borrowed from Anglo-French valee (early Old French valede), from val "valley" + -ee, noun suffix (here with augmentative force), going back to Latin -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate entry 1 — more at vale

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10 Jun 2021

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“Valley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of valley

: an area of low land between hills or mountains
: a low period, point, or level


val·​ley | \ ˈva-lē How to pronounce valley (audio) \
plural valleys

Kids Definition of valley

: an area of lowland between ranges of hills or mountains


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