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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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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Industry watchers and Springfield residents wondered if the hotel signaled the beginnings of a Vegas-style casino corridor through the state. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 The retail corridors of Long Island City have just showed signs of life. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Amazon’s Pullout From Queens, N.Y., Stuns Real-Estate Industry," 14 Feb. 2019 The boxy building is structured around an open air corridor of stairs and platforms that lead from one container room to the next. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Shipping container school in Thailand teaches sustainable construction," 3 Oct. 2018 For the past six months, Tiberino held intergenerational mosaic classes for children and seniors living around the 40th Street corridor of West Philadelphia. Julia Terruso,, "Ellen Tiberino, of art-family royalty, fighting to keep a legacy alive in gentrifying Powelton Village," 12 July 2018 Kyl may face an even more daunting trip through the corridors of Washington this time because the court carries a lifetime appointment and its next member could decisively tip its ideological balance. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Former Sen. Jon Kyl tapped to guide Trump's Supreme Court nominee through Senate hearings," 9 July 2018 The corridors of corporate power are largely men-only zones. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 The basement and the central corridor of the first floor are now completely empty. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Renovating Shorewood's firehouse would cost $500K more than constructing a new building," 3 July 2018 NWS Boston @NWSBoston Flood Advisory issued for the I-95 and RT 128 corridors of RI and MA., "Weather updates and alerts as storms and rain hit Mass.," 25 June 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 How to pronounce corridor (audio) \

Kids Definition of corridor

: a passage into which rooms open

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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