alley

Definitions

General English

Construction

  • A passageway between buildings on property lines that serves as a means of access.

Cricket

  • noun
    Same as corridor

Publishing

Slang

  • noun a marble (as used in children’s games). Like aggie, the word is approximately a hundred years old and refers to a pale or white marble. Although rarely heard today, these terms probably survive where the traditional game is still played. The most likely origin of the term is a shortening of ‘alabaster’, from which some Victorian marbles were made.

Origin & History of “alley”

Alley is related to French aller ‘go’. Old French aler (which came from Latin ambulāre ‘walk’, source of English amble and ambulance) produced the derived noun alee ‘act of walking’, hence ‘place where one walks, passage’.
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