lane

1
[leyn]
||

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.

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

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch laan avenue, Old Norse lǫn oblong hayrick, row of houses

Can be confusedlain lane

lane

2
[leyn]Scot.

adjective

Lane

[leyn]

noun

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

Examples from the Web for lane


British Dictionary definitions for lane

lane

1

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

adjective Scot dialect

lone or alone
one's lane or on one's lane on one's own
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lane

lane

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lane

lane

see fast lane; lovers' lane.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.