Entry from British & World English dictionary
A narrow lane or passage between buildings; an alley.
- Do you know why some of the houses are end on to the High Street with these vennels in between them?
- Fraser added that another aspect of the Royal Mile - its myriad closes, or ‘vennels’ - had an integral part to play in the city's future.
Late Middle English: from Old French venele, from medieval Latin venella, diminutive of Latin vena 'vein'.
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