lane

1
[ leyn ]
/ leɪn /

noun

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.

Origin of lane

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lane

lain lane

Definition for lane (2 of 3)

lane2
[ leyn ]
/ leɪn /
Scot.

adjective

Definition for lane (3 of 3)

Lane
[ leyn ]
/ leɪn /

noun

a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for lane (1 of 2)

lane1
/ (leɪn) /

noun

  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

British Dictionary definitions for lane (2 of 2)

lane2
/ (leɪn) /

adjective Scot dialect

lone or alone
one's lane or on one's lane on one's own
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Idioms and Phrases with lane

lane

see fast lane; lovers' lane.

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