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Meaning of ALLEY

Pronunciation:  'alee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a narrow street with walls on both sides
  2. [n]  a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins

ALLEY is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: alleyway, back street, bowling alley, skittle alley
 See Also: lane, street



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Al"ley\, n.; pl. {Alleys}. [OE. aley, alley, OF. al['e]e,
    F. all['e]e, a going, passage, fr. OE. aler, F. aller, to go;
    of uncertain origin: cf. Prov. anar, It. andare, Sp. andar.]
    1. A narrow passage; especially a walk or passage in a garden
       or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes; a bordered
             I know each lane and every alley green. --Milton.
    2. A narrow passage or way in a city, as distinct from a
       public street. --Gay.
    3. A passageway between rows of pews in a church.
    4. (Persp.) Any passage having the entrance represented as
       wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of
    5. The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a
       printing office.
  2. \Al"ley\, n.; pl. {Alleys}. [A contraction of alabaster,
    of which it was originally made.]
    A choice taw or marble. --Dickens.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of walking in an alley foretells that you will be walking into a dead end. Some of your efforts won't be fruitful as they should have been and you will see yourself faced with difficult choices and few, limited alternatives. Be careful of your relationships, you might fail to be appreciated , and your role might get undermined. Some bad rumors might awake your anger.
Thesaurus Terms
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