a passage, as through a continuous row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.
a walk, as in a garden, enclosed with hedges or shrubbery.
a long, narrow, wooden lane or floor along which the ball is rolled.
(often plural) a building for bowling.
Tennis. the space on each side of a tennis court between the doubles sideline and the service or singles sideline.
1350–1400; Middle English al
< Middle French alee
walk, passage, derivative of feminine of ale,
past participle of aler
to walk (French aller
), probably < Vulgar Latin *allārī,
regularized from allātus,
the suppletive past participle of afferre
to bring (passive afferrī
to be moved, conveyed, to betake oneself); French aller
often allegedly < Latin ambulāre
to walk (see amble
), but this offers grave phonetic problems, since the m
would not normally be lost