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 Amandola, as well as many of the towns up and down this valley, was hit extremely hard by this same quake. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "As the U.S. pulls away from the rest of the world in coronavirus cases, investors begin to look elsewhere," 26 June 2020 In a 2006 study, scientists revealed that almost half of the nutrients that fuel the Amazon come from a single Saharan valley called the Bodélé Depression, which is about the third of the size of Florida. Popular Science, "Five wild facts about the Saharan dust plume before it hits the US," 24 June 2020 The deadliest clash between Indian and Chinese troops since 1975 took place this week in a remote valley in the Himalayas. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu And Vedika Sud, CNN, "Presidential debates and Modi's China challenge," 23 June 2020 India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Anurag Srivastava declined to comment on China’s claim to the valley. NBC News, "China claims disputed valley where Chinese, Indian troops engaged in a deadly brawl," 20 June 2020 The Bronze Age civilization, which blossomed in the Indus River valley, is known for its urban planning and advanced drainage systems. National Geographic, "One of world's rarest dolphins rebounding in Pakistan," 18 June 2020 And May Day was the fête du muguet, when strolling vendors sold lilies-of-the-valley to passers-by. The Economist, "The lark of metro Barbès Lily Lian died on May 24th," 20 June 2020 The valley is in an area where the border is in dispute. ... Bill Spindle, WSJ, "India-China Border Conflict: What We Know So Far," 16 June 2020 The uncanny valley still becomes an issue with occasional facial rendering moments, but these are very rare, thanks in part to convincingly glossy eyes and other PS4-stressing tech. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel," 12 June 2020

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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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The first known use of valley was in the 14th century

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3 Jul 2020

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“Valley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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