val·​ley ˈva-lē How to pronounce valley (audio)
plural valleys
: an elongate depression of the earth's surface usually between ranges of hills or mountains
: an area drained by a river and its tributaries
: a low point or condition
: the place of meeting of two slopes of a roof that form on the plan a reentrant angle

Examples of valley in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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“Valley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


val·​ley ˈval-ē How to pronounce valley (audio)
plural valleys
: an area of lowland between ranges of hills or mountains

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