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noun val·ley \ˈva-lē\

Definition of valley

plural

valleys

  1. 1a :  an elongate depression of the earth's surface usually between ranges of hills or mountainsb :  an area drained by a river and its tributaries

  2. 2 :  a low point or condition

  3. 3a :  hollow, depressionb :  the place of meeting of two slopes of a roof that form on the plan a reentrant angle

Examples of valley in a sentence

  1. <the valley will be the first to flood if the river rises>

Origin and Etymology of 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 1-ate — more at vale


First Known Use: 14th century



VALLEY Defined for English Language Learners

valley

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noun val·ley \ˈva-lē\

Definition of valley for English Language Learners

  • : an area of low land between hills or mountains

  • : a low period, point, or level


VALLEY Defined for Kids

valley

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noun val·ley \ˈva-lē\

Definition of valley for Students

plural

valleys

  1. :  an area of lowland between ranges of hills or mountains



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