cor·​ri·​dor | \ˈkȯr-ə-dər, ˈkär-, -ˌdȯr\

Definition of corridor 

1a : a passageway (as in a hotel or office building) into which compartments or rooms open

b : a place or position in which especially political power is wielded through discussion and deal-making was excluded from the corridors of power after losing the election

2 : a usually narrow passageway or route: such as

a : a narrow strip of land through foreign-held territory

b : a restricted lane for air traffic

c : a land path used by migrating animals

3a : a densely populated strip of land including two or more major cities … the Northeast corridor stretching from Washington into New England …— S. D. Browne

b : an area or stretch of land identified by a specific common characteristic or purpose a corridor of liberalism the city's industrial corridor

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Synonyms for corridor


belt, land, neck, part(s), region, tract, zone

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Examples of corridor in a Sentence

They pushed me down the hospital corridor to the operating room. A corridor of land lies between the two mountain ranges.

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Slover Project, which will have 162 truck docks, predicted the distribution center would add more than 1,000 trips per day to and from the busy I-10 and I-60 corridors. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Your online shopping is polluting this small town," 20 Nov. 2018 Royer said the Save 35th group has drawn up its own plan for the corridor but declined to share details. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Amid threats and rising tensions, Seattle hires mediator over 35th Avenue Northeast road project," 23 Oct. 2018 Skylight came on board to curate a mix of stores across fashion, food, and design, focusing mainly on brands that have never had a physical shop, and together both companies are planning events for the new corridor in the coming months. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Is Reviving Bleecker Street With His First Store," 2 Oct. 2018 The San Antonio-to-Houston leg left out of the process is among the busiest corridors in the state. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Hyperloop's first step bypasses Houston," 11 July 2018 That doesn’t even account for those who travel to Walnut Street as a destination shopping experience and work near the corridor. Elizabeth Wellington,, "As our definition of luxury shifts, Walnut Street evolves with it | Elizabeth Wellington," 10 July 2018 In that same Loop 303 corridor, United Parcel Service is constructing a 970,000-square-foot facility and is expected to bring 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs by the end of 2019. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "UPS, Ball and Chewy are 3 companies bringing over 1,200 full-time jobs to Goodyear," 6 July 2018 In a similar analysis of Guatemala, the nonprofit investigative group InSight Crime could connect cartels to only 28% of the country’s murders in the major drug-trafficking corridor. Rachel Kleinfeld, WSJ, "The Violence Driving Migration Isn’t Just Gangs," 9 Nov. 2018 Roraima health safety coordinator Daniela Souza said the state has only one maternity hospital and it is being stretched to the limit, with patients sleeping on cots in the corridors. Fox News, "Pregnant Venezuelan women going to Brazil to give birth," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of corridor

1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for corridor

earlier "covered passageway, path surrounding fortifications," borrowed from French, borrowed from regional Italian (by-form of Tuscan corridoio), from correre "to run" (going back to Latin currere) + -idore, going back to Latin -i-tōrium (from -i- -i- + -tōrium, suffix of place, from neuter of -tōrius, adjective derivative of -tōr-, -tor, agent suffix) — more at current entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of corridor

: a long, narrow passage inside a building or train with doors that lead to rooms on each side

: a long narrow piece of land

: a narrow area of land that is known for something specified


cor·​ri·​dor | \ˈkȯr-ə-dər \

Kids Definition of corridor

: a passage into which rooms open

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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