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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 ?
In the alley the grey cat crouched behind barrels filled with torn paper and broken bottles above which flew a black swarm of flies.
He was so fastidious and prim about his place that a boy would go to a good deal of trouble to throw a dead cat into his back yard, or to dump a sackful of tin cans in his alley.
And here Bildad, who, with Peleg, be it known, in addition to his other offices, was one of the licensed pilots of the port --he being suspected to have got himself made a pilot in order to save the Nantucket pilot-fee to all the ships he was concerned in, for he never piloted any other craft --Bildad, I say, might now be seen actively engaged in looking over the bows for the approaching anchor, and at intervals singing what seemed a dismal stave of psalmody, to cheer the hands at the windlass, who roared forth some sort of a chorus about the girls in Booble Alley, with hearty good will.
He found a line of men a block long, but as a wagon chanced to come out of an alley and break the line, he saw his chance and sprang to seize a place.
Haley's horse, which was a white one, and very fleet and spirited, appeared to enter into the spirit of the scene with great gusto; and having for his coursing ground a lawn of nearly half a mile in extent, gently sloping down on every side into indefinite woodland, he appeared to take infinite delight in seeing how near he could allow his pursuers to approach him, and then, when within a hand's breadth, whisk off with a start and a snort, like a mischievous beast as he was and career far down into some alley of the wood-lot.
Followed through one winding alley and then another, -- and climbing, always climbing -- till at last we gained the breezy height where the huge castle stood.
We crossed the river and drove up the bank a few hundred yards, then turned to the left, entered a narrow alley, followed it a hundred yards and arrived at a two-story public house; we were acquainted with its outside aspect, for it was visible from the hotel.
Success gave him nerve and even actual intrepidity; insomuch, indeed, that after he had conveyed his harvest to his mother in a back alley, he went to the reception himself, and added several of the valuables of that house to his takings.
He put down his pail, took the white alley, and bent over the toe with absorbing interest while the bandage was being unwound.
Heathcliff fixed Catherine's arm under his: though she disputed the act at first evidently; and with rapid strides he hurried her into the alley, whose trees concealed them.
When we were in a side alley, he turned and asked, "How did you think he looked?
Here it is," he said, in a tone of satisfaction, as they came to a narrow alley.