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al·ley 1

 (ăl′ē)
n. pl. al·leys
1. A narrow street or passageway between or behind city buildings.
2. A path between flower beds or trees in a garden or park.
3. 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.
Idiom:
up (one's) alley Informal
Compatible with one's interests or qualifications: an assignment that is right up your alley.

[Middle English alei, from Old French alee, from aler, to walk, from Latin ambulāre; see ambulate.]

al·ley 2

 (ăl′ē)
n. pl. al·leys Games
A large playing marble, often used as the shooter.

[Short for alabaster.]

alley

(ˈælɪ)
n
1. a narrow lane or passage, esp one between or behind buildings
2. (Bowls & Bowling) See bowling alley
3. (Tennis) tennis chiefly US the space between the singles and doubles sidelines
4. a walk in a park or garden, esp one lined with trees or bushes
5. up one's alley down one's alley See street10
[C14: from Old French alee, from aler to go, ultimately from Latin ambulāre to walk]

alley

(ˈælɪ)
n
(Individual Sports, other than specified) a large playing marble
[C18: shortened and changed from alabaster]

al•ley1

(ˈæl i)

n., pl. -leys.
1. a passage, as behind a row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.
2. a narrow back street.
3. a walk, as in a garden, enclosed with hedges or shrubbery.
4. Bowling.
a. a long, narrow, wooden lane or floor along which the ball is rolled.
b. (often pl.) a building for bowling.
5. Rare. an aisle.
Idioms:
(right) up or down one's alley, highly compatible with one's interests or abilities.
[1350–1400; < Middle French alee walk, passage, derivative of feminine of ale, past participle of aler to walk]

al•ley2

(ˈæl i)

n., pl. -leys. Northeastern U.S.
1. a large and choice playing marble.
2. any playing marble.
[1710–20; probably al (abaster) + -y2, sp. to conform with alley1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alley - a narrow street with walls on both sidesalley - a narrow street with walls on both sides
street - a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings; "they walked the streets of the small town"; "he lives on Nassau Street"
2.alley - a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pinsalley - a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
bowling equipment - equipment used in bowling
lane - a well-defined track or path; for e.g. swimmers or lines of traffic
foul line - a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross

alley

noun passage, walk, lane, pathway, alleyway, passageway, backstreet He dragged her into an alley and tied her up.
Translations
زقاقزُقَاقزِقَاقمَجاز لُعْبَة البولِنْغ
uličkadráha
baggadebanegydesmøge
callejóncallejuelapista (de bolos)
kuja
aleja
sikátor
gang
brautsund
路地
골목
gatvelėskersgatvis
alejabumbotavašaura ieliņa
dráhaulička
uličica
gränd
ตรอก
dar sokakdar ve uzun alangeçitpasaj
ngõ

alley

[ˈælɪ]
A. N
1. (between buildings) → callejón m, callejuela f; (in garden, park) → paseo m
this is right up my alleyesto es lo que me va, esto es lo mío
2. (US) (Tennis) → banda f lateral para dobles
see also blind E
see also bowling B
B. CPD alley cat N (also fig) → gato/a m/f callejero/a

alley

[ˈæli] n
(= street) → ruelle f
(in garden)allée falley cat nchat m de gouttière

alley

n
(between buildings) → (enge) Gasse; (between gardens) → Weg m, → Pfad m; (in garden) → Laubengang m
(= bowling alley, skittle alley)Bahn f

alley

:
alley cat
nstreunende Katze; to fight like alleyssich in den Haaren liegen; she’s got the morals of an alley (inf)sie treibts mit jedem
alleyway
nDurchgang m

alley

[ˈælɪ] n (between buildings) → vicolo; (in garden, park) → vialetto (Am) (Tennis) → corridoio
blind alley → vicolo cieco

alley

(ˈӕli) noun
1. (often ˈalleyway) a narrow street in a city etc (usually not wide enough for vehicles).
2. a long narrow area used for the games of bowling or skittles. a bowling alley.

alley

زُقَاق ulička gyde Gasse δρομάκι callejón kuja allée aleja vicolo 路地 골목 steegje bakgate uliczka viela аллея gränd ตรอก dar sokak ngõ 胡同
References in classic literature ?
It was as if, at moments, we were perpetually coming into sight of subjects before which we must stop short, turning suddenly out of alleys that we perceived to be blind, closing with a little bang that made us look at each other--for, like all bangs, it was something louder than we had intended--the doors we had indiscreetly opened.
Inlanders all, they come from lanes and alleys, streets and avenues, --north, east, south, and west.
Here and there about the alleys galloped men upon horseback, booted, and carrying long whips; they were very busy, calling to each other, and to those who were driving the cattle.
Clare were pelting each other with roses, and chasing each other among the alleys of the court.
In the town were some substantial windowless houses of stone scattered among a wilderness of thatched cabins; the streets were mere crooked alleys, and un- paved; troops of dogs and nude children played in the sun and made life and noise; hogs roamed and rooted contentedly about, and one of them lay in a reeking wallow in the middle of the main thoroughfare and suckled her family.
We descended from the church by steep stone stairways which curved this way and that down narrow alleys between the packed and dirty tenements of the village.
Shut the door and blindfold the doctor tight and fast, and make him swear to be silent as the grave, and put a purse full of gold in his hand, and then take and lead him all around the back alleys and everywheres in the dark, and then fetch him here in the canoe, in a roundabout way amongst the islands, and search him and take his chalk away from him, and don't give it back to him till you get him back to the village, or else he will chalk this raft so he can find it again.
It was an inconsistent and ubiquitous fiend too, for, while it was making the whole night behind him dreadful, he darted out into the roadway to avoid dark alleys, fearful of its coming hopping out of them like a dropsical boy's-Kite without tail and wings.
Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell, and dirt, and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth, and misery.
This resolution can be a ground of surprise only to those who are unacquainted with that obscure religious life which has gone on in the alleys of our towns.
I evolved this sage reflection, as, lost deep down in the green alleys of the dingle, having fortified the romantic side of my nature with sandwiches and sherry, I lazily put the question to myself as to what manner of girl I expected the Golden Girl to be.
The lanes and alleys, which I could not enter, but only view them as I passed, are from twelve to eighteen inches.