noun (plural alleys)
1A narrow passageway between or behind buildings.
- As you walk along narrow alleys, there is a chance that you will see a door and behind it a gondola, or a harpsichord, a fresco or a baroque orchestra rehearsing for an evening concert.
- In the shadows of the fine buildings where they work, in the lanes and alleys behind the great houses of the wealthy, is another more dangerous city.
- Away from boulevards and cafes, away from lights and crowds, he lived among the narrow, twisting alleys.
1.1A path lined with trees, bushes, or stones. Compare with allée.
- Down an alley lined with trees, shadowy even in the summer heat, stood a little white villa amid a wild garden.
- The route is a fascinating medley of cobbled paths, alleys, fortified walls, and gardens.
- Driving out I passed through rolling land with farms and forests and so many alleys of trees.
1.2 [with modifier] A long, narrow area in which games such as bowling are played.
- The daytime activities are free and there will be something for everyone including a mobile skittle alley and a bouncy castle.
- I couldn't find the old skittle alley, but thankfully they still have a bar.
- The club offers live music and cabaret acts, a bar, a skittle alley, a function room seating more than 100 people, and various other attractions.
1.4 Baseball The area between the outfielders in left center or right center field.
- In Wrigley Field, the alley in right-center is a more forgiving 368 feet.
- The Giants need to push back the power alleys, especially in right field -- the one point that juts out to 420 feet doesn't count.
- The 315-foot left field line and short alleys have turned Houston baseball into a nightly slugging contest.
- 1(right) up one's alley
- informal Well suited to one’s tastes, interests, or abilities: this job would be right up your alleyMore example sentences
- This kind of issue is right up her alley, so you should really check it out and see insights she has for you.
- But, by the time Angelina was 11, she had realized that acting was right up her alley, too.
- As a broadcasting and graphics design double major the underwriting position is right up his alley.
Words that rhyme with alleyAli, Allie, Ally, bally, dally, dilly-dally, farfalle, galley, Halley, mallee, Mexicali, pally, Raleigh, rally, reveille, sally, tally, valley
noun (plural alleys)
A toy marble made of marble, alabaster, or glass.
- To shoot correctly you held the marble between the thumb and forefinger and by flicking the thumb you propelled the alley forward, at great speed.
- It became a game to find treasures for the box: an imitation pearl brooch the next summer, a cat's eye alley marble added the year I was nine, a few copper coins and a string of Indian beads when I was ten or eleven.
Early 18th century: perhaps a diminutive of alabaster.
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