Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Row, the n.

1. [early 17C] Goldsmith’s Row, London E2.

2. [late 17C–mid-19C] Paternoster Row, EC4, the centre of London publishing.

3. [late 18C] (Irish) New Row, Dublin, the site of the prison.

4. [19C] Rotten Row, London SW1.

5. [late 19C] Club Row, London E1.

6. [1930s+] (US prison) the condemned cells, i.e. Death Row n.

7. [1980s+] (US campus) fraternity or sorority row, i.e. the line of adjacent fraternity or sorority houses on a campus.