• A narrow street or passageway, especially one through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings.
  • The area between the outfielders.
  • An establishment where bowling is played.
  • An elongated wooden strip of floor along which a bowling ball is rolled.
  • The extra area between the sidelines or tramlines on a tennis court that is used for doubles matches.
  • A walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes.
  • A passageway between rows of pews in a church.
  • Any passage having the entrance represented as wider than the exit, so as to give the appearance of length.
  • The space between two rows of compositors' stands in a printing office.
  • A glass marble or taw.


  • From Middle English aley, from Old French alee, feminine of alé, past participle of aler (French aller). allée.
  • Diminutive of alabaster, from which they were once made.

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