val·ley | \ˈva-lē \
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

3a : hollow, depression

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, 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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There are fewer overnight accommodations in the valley now than years ago., "Ideas for outwitting the crowds at Yosemite," 8 July 2018 At 7:41 am local time, the system noticed activity in the valley. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018 One thing that is clearer now is what’s in the valley beyond: a door. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Ghost Nation, Revealed," 10 June 2018 Ellicott City sits in the valley of the Patapsco River, which rose from 17.8 feet to a record-setting 24.13 in just a few hours on Sunday, CNN reports. Char Adams,, "'Extremely Worried': National Guardsman Swept Away While Rescuing People in Maryland Flood," 28 May 2018 Polge funneled the spirit of lively resorts and crashing waves into the fragrance, which has notes of grapefruit, mandarin, and lily-of-the-valley. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Chanel’s New Perfumes Are Inspired by Travel," 10 May 2018 Keep on your exercise routine with activities like archery, mountain biking, and hiking in the valley. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Spring Clean Your Winter Bod at These Wellness-Focused Luxe Hotels," 29 Mar. 2018 After a drive down into the valley, players are faced with a second shot up toward a green some 50 yards above the fairway. Brent Kennedy,, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 Light winds from the east could push the storms into the valleys, but they are not expected to make it to the coast, Gregoria said. Robert Krier,, "Thunderstorms expected in mountains, possibly inland valleys," 11 July 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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Phrases Related to valley

peaks and valleys

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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 \
plural valleys

Kids Definition of valley

: an area of lowland between ranges of hills or mountains

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