One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gallery, balcony, or other (often covered) walkway; specifically (a) one behind the parapets of a castle, tower, etc.; a parapet walk; (b) a covered passageway, a cloister. Also occasionally: †an aisle (obsolete).
Middle English; earliest use found in The Chronicle of Robert of Gloucester. From Anglo-Norman alure, alour, allur walkway (behind a parapet), passage, gallery, (rare) parapet, apparently a specific use of Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French alure speed of travel, gait.
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