- 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.
- bowling alley(def 1).
- by one’s lane. lonesome(def 4).
- a male given name.
- a narrow road or way between buildings, hedges, fences, etc
- (capital as part of a street name)Drury Lane
- any of the parallel strips into which the carriageway of a major road or motorway is divided
- 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
adjective Scot dialect
- lone or alone
- one’s lane or on one’s lane on one’s own
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. see fast lane; lovers’ lane.