alley1 /ˈali/


I. noun

1. a narrow passageway between or behind buildings.

he took a short cut along an alley.
there were a few muggings in the backstreets and alleys.
2. a path lined with trees, bushes, or stones.

alleys of standing stones.
3. [with modifier] a long, narrow area in which games such as skittles and bowling are played

a skittle alley.
(N. Amer.) either of the two side strips between the singles sideline and the sidelines which count as part of the court in a doubles match.
[Baseball] the area between the outfielders in left-centre or right-centre field.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French alee ‘walking or passage’, from aler ‘go’, from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’.

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