Pronunciation: (al'ē),[key] —n., —pl.-leys. 1. a passage, as through a continuous row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.
2. a narrow back street.
3. a walk, as in a garden, enclosed with hedges or shrubbery.
4. Bowling. a. a long, narrow, wooden lane or floor along which the ball is rolled.
b. (often pl.) a building for bowling.
c. See bowling green. 5. Tennis.the space on each side of a tennis court between the doubles sideline and the service or singles sideline.
6. Rare.an aisle.
7. up or down one's alley,Informal.in keeping with or satisfying one's abilities, interests, or tastes: If you like science fiction, this book will be right up your alley.
Pronunciation: (al'ē),[key] —n., —pl.-leys.Chiefly Northeastern U.S. a choice, large playing marble.