There are 2 definitions of alley in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈali
 
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noun (plural alleys)

  • 1A narrow passageway between or behind buildings: he took a short cut along an alley there were a few muggings in the backstreets and alleys
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    passage, passageway, alleyway, back alley, backstreet, lane, path, pathway, walk; corridor, aisle, arcade; Northern English ginnel, snicket, twitten; Scottish vennel; Scottish & Northern English wynd; Indian gully; French allée
  • 1.1A path lined with trees, bushes, or stones: alleys of standing stones
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    • 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 skittles and bowling are played: a skittle alley
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    • 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.
  • 1.3 Tennis , North American Either of the two side strips between the singles sideline and the sidelines which count as part of the court in a doubles match.
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    • He is just following the tread marks and signs on the tennis alley.
    • At 4.5 feet, it is exactly the width of a tennis alley.
  • 1.4 Baseball The area between the outfielders in left-centre or right-centre field.
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French alee 'walking or passage', from aler 'go', from Latin ambulare 'to walk'.

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