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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Roswell Mayor Lori Henry last winter criticized an earlier proposal for bus rapid transit on Holcomb Bridge itself, citing traffic congestion and lack of right-of-way for BRT lanes in the corridor. David Ibata, ajc, "Roswell open to bus rapid transit, with a caveat," 12 July 2018 The engineer, identified as 55-year-old Steve Brown, had made two northbound and one southbound training runs in the new corridor between Lakewood and Nisqually, before the Dec. 18 derailment that killed three people and injured 62 others. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "‘Everybody hated that curve:’ Amtrak engineer told of worries before December crash south of Tacoma," 10 July 2018 The attraction, which opens Monday, is located in the northeast corridor of the park where its miniature golf had previously been situated. Lori Weisberg,, "New Legoland submarine taking its guests into the "deep sea" — sharks, stringrays included," 1 July 2018 Musk is hoping to dig a tunnel in California to showcase the technology and is working with officials in the Northeast corridor on a similar idea, though red tape is slowing his progress. CBS News, "Elon Musk says high-speed underground train in Chicago could be finished in 3 years," 15 June 2018 Musk has also received approval from Maryland to dig tunnels for a Loop system that would provide a transportation alternative to commuters in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., corridor, but work has not yet started on that project. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Chicago mayor wants Elon Musk to build high-speed transit linking O'Hare and downtown," 14 June 2018 Current zoning in the commercial corridor, officials said, is actually anti-pedestrian, designed for large plazas and big box stores, with deep setbacks and a lack of sidewalks. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "East Hartford Looking At Ways To Revitalize Silver Lane," 8 June 2018 Everyone, in Spicer’s case, is every reporter in the Northeast corridor. Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Intelligencer, "Sam Nunberg on What Happens When Mueller Wants to Dig Through Your Phone," 7 June 2018 New earth science research shows that the land in the corridor was exposed 15,000 years ago, and more work is forthcoming. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "New map of Alaska’s ancient coast supports theory that America’s first people arrived by boat," 30 May 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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the corridors/halls of power

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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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an open space surrounded by woods

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