valley

noun val·ley \ ˈva-lē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of valley

plural valleys
1 a : 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

Examples of valley in a Sentence

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

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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

valley Synonyms

Synonyms
dale, dene [British], hollow, vale
Related Words
canyon (also cañon), combe (also coombe or coomb) [British], dell, depression, dingle, glen, gorge, gulch, gully (also gulley), kloof [South African], ravine, rift valley; basin, bowl
Near Antonyms
alp, mount, mountain, peak; height, mountaintop, pinnacle, summit; plateau, tableland


VALLEY Defined for English Language Learners

valley

noun

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

noun val·ley \ ˈva-lē \

Definition of valley for Students

plural valleys
: an area of lowland between ranges of hills or mountains


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