Meaning of “bowling alley” in the English Dictionary

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"bowling alley" in English

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bowling alleynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbəʊ.lɪŋ ˌæl.i/ us /ˈboʊ.lɪŋ ˌæl.i/

Examples from literature

  • He learned it was setting up ten pins in a bowling alley. 
  • He said a man who kept a bowling alley had hired him at fifty cents a week to set up the pins, and it was in the bowling alley he had been all night. 
  • It makes fine flooring and is used in skating rinks and for bowling alleys. 
  • There were swings, and a bowling alley, and boats, and other amusements. 
  • Why not have pool, billiards, a bowling alley? 

(Definition of “bowling alley” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bowling alley" in American English

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bowling alleynoun [ C ]

us /ˈboʊ·lɪŋ ˌæl·i/

a building where the sport of bowling takes place

(Definition of “bowling alley” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)