1. a narrow way or passage between hedges, fences, walls, or houses.
  2. any narrow or well-defined passage, track, channel, or course.
  3. 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.
  4. a fixed route followed by ocean steamers or airplanes.
  5. (in a running or swimming race) the marked-off space or path within which a competitor must remain during the course of a race.
  6. bowling alley(def 1).


  1. lone.


  1. by one’s lane. lonesome(def 4).


  1. a male given name.


    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
  1. one of the parallel strips into which a running track or swimming bath is divided for races
  2. the long strip of wooden flooring down which balls are bowled in a bowling alley

adjective Scot dialect

  1. lone or alone
  2. 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.

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