valley

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Raised in England, Tajima moved stateside several years ago to set herself up in a beautiful space in the heart of New York’s mountains and valleys. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Hana Tajima Is About So Much More Than Modest Fashion," 28 Mar. 2019 And the mountain-and-valley terrain that separates communities that are actually quite close as the crow flies can also prevent coalescence. Washington Post, "Teen’s police killing tests long-frustrated black Pittsburgh," 1 July 2018 The 96-acre Circle of Trust property -- formerly known as the Circle of Teran Ranch -- at 3300 Butler Creek Road blankets a hill that has city, mountain and valley views. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Ashland healer's home, for sale at $5 million, has dome skylights, lavender maze (photos)," 5 June 2018 Unlike both Northern and Southern California, SloCal provides access to four of California’s most iconic geographies: coastline, mountain, valley and desert. Blake Snow, latimes.com, "A SloCal road trip gives you a geographic, climatological super sampler," 20 May 2018 So there’s Mars, filling the screen, its reddish desert revealed as a landscape of mountains and valleys that make the Grand Canyon look like a puny arroyo. John Schwartz, New York Times, "At the Hayden Planetarium, a Joyride Across the Cosmos," 9 Mar. 2018 At least 16 indigenous languages are spoken by people in the state’s eight regions, which span from the Pacific coast through cloud forests to arid valleys and mountains. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Mexican City Every Food-Loving Traveler Should Visit Now," 11 Apr. 2019 In northern California and Oregon, the snowy landscape seems at times to press right up against the train windows before breaking open into vast valleys that literally sparkle as the sun gleams off the snow, streams and lakes. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "What it’s like to take a 35-hour ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle," 29 Mar. 2019 In every fitness journey there will be peaks, valleys, and plateaus. SELF, "It Took Me Years to Separate Working Out from Trying to Lose Weight. Here's How I Did It," 25 Mar. 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of valley

: an area of low land between hills or mountains
: a low period, point, or level

valley

noun
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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