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 Our wonderful set decorating artist found an old barn in the valley in Albuquerque. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 16 May 2022 About 20 miles to the south in New Freedom, the Mid-Continent Railway Museum offers 55-minute rides in century-old steel coaches along a former branch of the Chicago & North Western Railway in a valley in the Baraboo Hills. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 The EVx demo is being developed in a bucolic Swiss mountain valley in the shadow of EV1. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 One of the species, Hyalinobatrachium mashpi, lives in the Mashpi and Tayra Reserves, while the second, Hyalinobatrachium nouns, resides in a valley in the Toisan Range. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 24 Mar. 2022 Rescue workers searched a remote mountain valley in southern China on Tuesday for any survivors in the crash of a passenger plane carrying 132 people that plunged more than 20,000 feet in just over a minute. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 Researchers have long known that Wadi Sikait, a valley in Egypt’s Eastern Desert, housed a key Roman emerald mining operation. Dieynaba Young, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2022 The small airport outside Fayetteville Arkansas was in a low valley in the Ozark Hills. Bob Hill, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2022 Predjama is one of the most extraordinary castles in the world, built in the mouth of a cave complex at the end of a valley in southwest Slovenia. John Malathronas, CNN, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Valley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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