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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Synonyms for valley


dale, dene [British], hollow, vale

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Examples of valley in a Sentence

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

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Gray shadows crept across the broad valley below as the sky assumed a crimson glow that tinted the surrounding peaks in soft pink hues. Doug Hansen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warm-weather adventures at Mammoth," 26 June 2019 Across the valley, on the range of mountains to the south, a slight slip of a moon hovers, two fingers above the white snowtop. Michael J. Bailey,, "Trekking a golden ridge, bracketed by snow-covered Alps," 18 June 2019 After sunset on a recent Monday, Mr. Alawi set up the projector for a demonstration and for 15 minutes filled the deep darkness of the western niche with the huge image of Solsol, left palm forward, visible from across the valley. New York Times, "2 Giant Buddhas Survived 1,500 Years. Fragments, Graffiti and a Hologram Remain.," 18 June 2019 SkyBridge Gatlinburg is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America and the third longest in the world, according to WRCB TV, stretching 680 feet across a deep valley. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Gatlinburg SkyBridge, the Third Longest Pedestrian Bridge in the World, Is Now Open in Tennessee," 17 May 2019 Their beehive tents were scattered across a stony valley. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Go to Red Lily Vineyards in the Applegate for a glass of Spanish Tempranillo sipped creekside, or taste Pinot Noir rosé with a view across the valley at Irvine & Roberts Vineyards. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why This Oregon Town Could Be the Next Napa," 8 Aug. 2018 On Wednesday morning, the parking lot at the South Fork Trailhead — just across the valley from where Soltis' body was found — had seven vehicles. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Brown bear believed to have killed hiker and mauled searcher stays out of sight," 22 June 2018 The sheer volume of cars on the road might finally force residents across the valley to re-evaluate their transportation habits, Oliver said. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Star's growth is inevitable. Here's how it'll affect Boise and the Treasure Valley | Idaho Statesman," 4 May 2018

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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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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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