Definition of vennel in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈvɛn(ə)l/


chiefly Scottish
A narrow lane or passage between buildings; an alley.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ven¦nel

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.