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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for corridor


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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Tehran is now believed to command up to 80,000 fighters in Syria — all members of Shiite militias and paramilitary forces loyal to the leadership in Iran — and has effectively secured a land corridor via Iraq and Syria reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon. Washington Post, "Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit," 13 July 2018 To begin recovery efforts, archaeologists created wells in the temple dedicated to Tláloc and a corridor separating the two temples. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Earthquake Reveals 12th-Century Temple Hidden Within Aztec Pyramid," 12 July 2018 Then all this activity is abandoned and Dean ends with stark images of the derelict enterprise: an empty garage with four stray office chairs; spirals of discarded film stock on a dusty bench; a dim corridor that ends with an arrow pointing nowhere. Peter Keough,, "On the mat, on film, on his way, on the road," 5 July 2018 The house on stilts comprises a series of open living spaces, including three bedrooms, organized along elevated walkways that range from basically outdoors to a long corridor enclosed by bamboo on two sides. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Stunning ‘floating house’ with ocean and jungle views asks $2M," 3 July 2018 His move comes weeks after Koreatown residents held rallies, launched petitions and packed a City Hall meeting to denounce the plan, arguing that the Vermont Avenue site was too close to schools and a central business corridor. Victoria Kim,, "L.A. councilman to look at alternative site for Koreatown shelter," 28 June 2018 Media: Euronews Janice Hayes, public relations manager for GPI, announced that work is now underway on the final segments of H, I-1 and I-2, that represents a 52.5-mile corridor spanning Chambers, Harris, Liberty, and Montgomery counties. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "SH-99 construction drawing near in Liberty County," 26 June 2018 The complex also boasts unusual features such as a sheer glass corridor on the eighth floor that looks out onto the harbor. Kathy Chin Leong, New York Times, "Aging Hong Kong Waterfront Gets a Face-Lift," 26 June 2018 R2’s Goose Island development plans received a big boost last year, when the city approved zoning changes for a 760-acre corridor along the North Branch traditionally dominated by industrial uses. Greg Trotter,, "Goose Island finally getting a brewery — no, not that one," 14 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'corridor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about corridor

Dictionary Entries near corridor








Phrases Related to corridor

the corridors/halls of power

Statistics for corridor

Last Updated

19 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for corridor

The first known use of corridor was in 1719

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for corridor



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on corridor

What made you want to look up corridor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!