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noun pas·sage \ˈpa-sij\

Simple Definition of passage

  • : a long, narrow space that connects one place to another

  • : a narrow space that people or things can move through

  • : an act of moving or passing from one place or state to another

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of passage

  1. 1 a :  a way of exit or entrance :  a road, path, channel, or course by which something passes b :  a corridor or lobby giving access to the different rooms or parts of a building or apartment

  2. 2 a :  the action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another b :  death 1a c :  a continuous movement or flow <the passage of time>

  3. 3 a (1) :  a specific act of traveling or passing especially by sea or air (2) :  a privilege of conveyance as a passenger :  accommodations b :  the passing of a legislative measure or law :  enactment

  4. 4 :  a right, liberty, or permission to pass

  5. 5 a :  something that happens or is done :  incident b :  something that takes place between two persons mutually

  6. 6 a :  a usually brief portion of a written work or speech that is relevant to a point under discussion or noteworthy for content or style b :  a phrase or short section of a musical composition c :  a detail of a work of art (as a painting)

  7. 7 :  the act or action of passing something or undergoing a passing

  8. 8 :  incubation of a pathogen (as a virus) in culture, a living organism, or a developing egg

Examples of passage in a sentence

  1. We squeezed through a narrow passage between the rocks.

  2. Special ships clear passages through the ice.

  3. The medicine makes breathing easier by opening nasal passages.

  4. They controlled the passage of goods through their territory.

  5. the passage of food through the digestive system

  6. the passage of air into and out of the lungs

  7. the passage from life to death

  8. the passage of the seasons

  9. He left after the passage of a few hours.

  10. With the passage of time, the number of children suffering with the disease has decreased dramatically.

13th Century

First Known Use of passage

13th century



verb, pas·sage

Definition of passage


  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to go past or across :  cross

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to subject to passage <passaged a virus>


First Known Use of passage


PASSAGE Defined for Kids


noun pas·sage \ˈpa-sij\

Definition of passage for Students

  1. 1 :  a space or path by which something or someone can go through

  2. 2 :  a brief part of a speech or written work

  3. 3 :  the act or process of going from one place or condition to another <Our ship made a smooth passage.>

  4. 4 :  the act of approving a law

  5. 5 :  a right or permission to go as a passenger <She obtained passage aboard the ship.>

Medical Dictionary



noun pas·sage \ˈpas-ij\

Medical Definition of passage

  1. 1:  the action or process of passing from one place, condition, or stage to another <the passage of air from the lungs—Encyclopedia Americana>

  2. 2:  an anatomical channel <the nasal passages>

  3. 3:  a movement or an evacuation of the bowels

  4. 4a:  an act or action of passing something or undergoing a passing <passage of a catheter through the urethra>b:  incubation of a pathogen (as a virus) in a tissue culture, a developing egg, or a living organism to increase the amount of pathogen or to alter its characteristics <several passages of the virus through mice>



transitive verb pas·sage

Medical Definition of passage

passaged; passaging

  1. :  to subject to passage <the virus has been passaged in series seven times—Journal of the American Medical Association>

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