alley
I. noun (plural alleys) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French alee, from aler to go Date: 14th century 1. a garden or park walk bordered by trees or bushes 2. a. (1) a grassed enclosure for bowling or skittles (2) a hardwood lane for bowling; also a room or building housing a group of such lanes b. the space on each side of a tennis doubles court between the sideline and the service sideline c. an area in a baseball outfield between two outfielders when they are in normal positions 3. a narrow street; especially a thoroughfare through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings II. noun (plural alleys) Etymology: by shortening and alteration from alabaster Date: 1720 a playing marble; especially one of superior quality

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