- A passageway between buildings on property lines that serves as a means of access.
- 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”
is related to French aller
‘go’. Old French aler
of English amble
) produced the derived noun alee
‘act of walking’, hence ‘place where
one walks, passage’.