- a long, narrow wooden lane or alley, for the game of tenpins.
- a building or enclosed area containing a number of such lanes or alleys.
Origin of bowling alley
First recorded in 1545–55
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Examples from the Web for bowling alley
The library, the gymnasium, the bowling-alley, opened from the prayer-room.A Singular Life
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
On the premises there was what had once been a bowling-alley.Chapters from My Autobiography
How now, my fine trundletails; my wooden cosmographers; my bowling-alley in an uproar?
The bowling-alley at Sandringham was one of the best in England and the Prince was always fond of a game of bowls.The Life of King Edward VII
J. Castell Hopkins
He entered the all-night chop-house, café, and bowling-alley of his friend and admirer, Justus O'Callahan.The Voice of the City
- a long narrow wooden lane down which the ball is rolled in tenpin bowling
- a similar lane or alley, usually with raised sides, for playing skittles (ninepins)
- a building having several lanes for tenpin bowling
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