cor·​ri·​dor | \ ˈkȯr-ə-dər How to pronounce corridor (audio) , 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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The piece has been placed on display in a corridor at Southampton General Hospital in southern England Wednesday. Fox News, "Banksy surprise: New work from mysterious artist appears at UK hospital amid coronavirus outbreak," 8 May 2020 Even before the coronavirus arrived, there was so much sickness and death in that corridor of southeastern Louisiana that it's been given the nickname Cancer Alley. NBC News, "ESPN's Todd McShay reveals he has coronavirus, will miss NFL Draft," 24 Apr. 2020 Check out the video, which depicts a person in a corridor with ventilation for an air condition. Mark Heim |, al, "COVID-19 simulation video shows how cough can cross two grocery aisles for ‘several minutes’," 9 Apr. 2020 When the Bruins huddled in the corridor before the start of the second half, Edney did the talking. Gene Wojciechowski, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s 1995 NCAA title MVP? Take it from Ed O’Bannon, it was Tyus Edney," 6 Apr. 2020 The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) said that more than 60 people have been struck by cars while walking or biking in the corridor since 2017. Washington Post, "D.C. Council proposal to move 9th Street bike lane forward stalls over questions of race and gentrification.," 4 Mar. 2020 Winter snow totals in the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic are way below normal – 0.6 of an inch in Washington, 0.3 of an inch in Philadelphia, and 4.7 inches in New York City thus far, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Black ice causing hazardous travel conditions across Southeast in quick-hitting winter storm," 20 Feb. 2020 Locally gusty winds are likely to continue for southern Santa Barbara County and through the Interstate 5 corridor. Los Angeles Times, "Much warmer weather is likely in the Los Angeles region next week," 29 Apr. 2020 Deeper self-understanding should, by rights, be extended to society’s natural leaders: the businesspeople, artists, computer engineers, politicians, and others occupying the highest corridors of power. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of corridor was in 1719

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Corridor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce corridor (audio) \

Kids Definition of corridor

: a passage into which rooms open

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