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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [al-ee]
    • /ˈæl i/
    • /ˈæl.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [al-ee]
    • /ˈæl i/

Definitions of alley word

  • countable noun alley An alley is a narrow passage or street with buildings or walls on both sides. 3
  • noun alley a narrow lane or passage, esp one between or behind buildings 3
  • noun alley the space between the singles and doubles sidelines 3
  • noun alley a walk in a park or garden, esp one lined with trees or bushes 3
  • noun alley a large playing marble 3
  • noun alley a lane in a garden or park, bordered by trees or shrubs 3

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Origin of alley

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English al(e)y < Middle French alee walk, passage, derivative of feminine of ale, past participle of aler to walk (French aller), probably < Vulgar Latin *allārī, regularized from allātus, the suppletive past participle of afferre to bring (passive afferrī to be moved, conveyed, to betake oneself); French aller often allegedly < Latin ambulāre to walk (see amble), but this offers grave phonetic problems, since the m and b would not normally be lost

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Parts of speech for Alley


alley popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for alley

noun alley

  • lane — a male given name.
  • walk — to advance or travel on foot at a moderate speed or pace; proceed by steps; move by advancing the feet alternately so that there is always one foot on the ground in bipedal locomotion and two or more feet on the ground in quadrupedal locomotion.
  • passageway — a way for passing into, through, or out of something, as within a building or between buildings; a corridor, hall, alley, catwalk, or the like.
  • path — a way beaten, formed, or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.
  • alleyway — An alleyway is the same as an alley.

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