Alley definition

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A narrow street or passageway between or behind city buildings.
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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.

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A path between flower beds or trees in a garden or park.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Either of the parallel lanes at the sides of a tennis court, which widen the inbounds area for doubles play.
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A large playing marble, often used as the shooter.
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A lane in a garden or park, bordered by trees or shrubs.
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(baseball) The part of the outfield between center field and either left field or right field.
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(tennis) Either of the narrow lanes, on opposite sides of the court, that extend the singles area for playing doubles.
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A fine marble used as the shooter in playing marbles.
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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.

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(baseball) The area between the outfielders, the gap.

He hit one deep into the alley.

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(bowling) An establishment where bowling is played; bowling alley.
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(tennis) The extra area between the sidelines or tramlines on a tennis court that is used for doubles matches.
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A walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes.
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A passageway between rows of pews in a church.
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(perspective drawing) Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.
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The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.
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A glass marble or taw.
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A straight narrow course or track, especially a bowling alley.
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(informal) up (one's) alley
  • Compatible with one's interests or qualifications:
    An assignment that is right up your alley.
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up someone's alley
  • suited to someone's tastes or abilities
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of alley - ally

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
alley
Plural:
alleys

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

up (one's) alley

Origin of alley

  • Middle English alei from Old French alee from aler to walk from Latin ambulāre ambulate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for alabaster

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman and Old French alee, feminine of alé, past participle of aler (“to go”) (French aller). See also allée.

    From Wiktionary

  • Diminutive of alabaster.

    From Wiktionary