- 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.
alley definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English aly ; from Old French alee ; from aler (Fr aller), to go ; from Midieval Latin alare, contr. ; from Classical Latin ambulare, to walk: see amble
Origin: ; from alabaster, formerly used for marbles
alley definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. al·leys
- 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: Middle English alei, from Old French alee, from aler, to walk, from Latin ambulāre; see ambulate.
noun pl. al·leys Games
Origin: Short for alabaster.
alley - Phrases/Idioms
up someone's alleyor down someone's alleyâ
up (one's) alley