One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A narrow lane or passage between buildings; an alley.
byroad, byway, bridleway, bridle path, path, pathway, footpath, way, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfareView synonyms
- ‘Do you know why some of the houses are end on to the High Street with these vennels in between them?’
- ‘Fraser added that another aspect of the Royal Mile - its myriad closes, or ‘vennels’ - had an integral part to play in the city's future.’
Late Middle English: from Old French venele, from medieval Latin venella, diminutive of Latin vena ‘vein’.
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