- The definition of alley is a bowling lane, either hardwood or grass, or it can refer to the actual building where the sport takes place.
An example of an alley is the lane one throws the bowling ball down in order to hit the pins.
- Alley is defined as a place in between something, relating to sports.
- An example of an alley the place on a tennis court between the sideline and service sideline.
- An example of an alley is the place between two outfielders on a baseball field.
- The definition of alley is a small street in a town or city that runs between blocks, and allows rear access to the buildings.
An example of an alley is the small road in the back of a house where neighborhood kids gather to play.
An alley in an ancient city.
- a lane in a garden or park, bordered by trees or shrubs
- a narrow street or walk, specif., a lane behind or alongside a row of buildings or between two rows of buildings that face on adjacent streets
- Baseball the part of the outfield between center field and either left field or right fieldalso power alley
- Bowling lane (senses & )
- Tennis either of the narrow lanes, on opposite sides of the court, that extend the singles area for playing doubles
Origin of alleyMiddle English aly ; from Old French alee ; from aler (Fr aller), to go ; from Medieval Latin alare, contr. ; from Classical Latin ambulare, to walk: see amble
up someone's alleyor down someone's alley☆
Origin of alley; from alabaster, formerly used for marbles
nounpl. al·leys Games
Origin of alleyShort for alabaster.
- A narrow street or passageway between or behind city buildings.
- A path between flower beds or trees in a garden or park.
- Sports a. A straight narrow course or track, especially a bowling alley.b. Either of the parallel lanes at the sides of a tennis court, which widen the inbounds area for doubles play.
Origin of alleyMiddle English alei, from Old French alee, from aler, to walk, from Latin ambulāre; see ambulate.
- A narrow street or passageway, especially one through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings.
- The parking lot to my friend's apartment building is in the alley.
- (baseball) The area between the outfielders, the gap.
- He hit one deep into the alley.
- (bowling) An establishment where bowling is played; bowling alley.
- (tennis) The extra area between the sidelines or tramlines on a tennis court that is used for doubles matches.
- A walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes.
- A passageway between rows of pews in a church.
- (perspective drawing) Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.
- The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.
Diminutive of alabaster.