a narrow way or passage between hedges, fences, walls, or houses.
any narrow or well-defined passage, track, channel, or course.
a longitudinally marked part of a highway wide enough to accommodate one vehicle, often set off from adjacent lanes by painted lines (often used in combination): a new six-lane turnpike.
a fixed route followed by ocean steamers or airplanes.
(in a running or swimming race) the marked-off space or path within which a competitor must remain during the course of a race.

Nearby words

  1. landwards,
  2. landwash,
  3. landwehr,
  4. landy,
  5. landé factor,
  6. lanfranc,
  7. lang,
  8. lang lay,
  9. lang syne,
  10. lang, andrew

Origin of lane

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch laan avenue, Old Norse lǫn oblong hayrick, row of houses

Can be confusedlain lane







a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lane

British Dictionary definitions for lane




  1. a narrow road or way between buildings, hedges, fences, etc
  2. (capital as part of a street name)Drury Lane
  1. any of the parallel strips into which the carriageway of a major road or motorway is divided
  2. any narrow well-defined route or course for ships or aircraft
one of the parallel strips into which a running track or swimming bath is divided for races
the long strip of wooden flooring down which balls are bowled in a bowling alley

Word Origin for lane

Old English lane, lanu, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch lāne lane

adjective Scot dialect

lone or alone
one's lane or on one's lane on one's own
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Word Origin and History for lane



Old English lane, lanu "narrow hedged-in road," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian lana, Middle Dutch lane, Dutch laan "lane," Old Norse lön "row of houses"), of unknown origin. As one track of a marked road, from 1921, American English.

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Idioms and Phrases with lane


see fast lane; lovers' lane.

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