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 Before the Northstar commuter rail, there was an express bus in this corridor that had an 85% fare box recovery, which means 85% of operating costs were covered by fares paid by passengers. Scott Schulte, Star Tribune, "Northstar commuter rail is a failed experiment," 7 May 2021 Dallas lies in the central corridor of oil and gas interests that extends from Houston up to North Dakota. Ian Palmer, Forbes, "Is Fracking Good Or Bad? Why Fracking Is An Emotionally-Charged Issue For Americans.," 5 May 2021 Since the turn of the century, Amtrak has seen ridership increase in the corridor as a result of its 150 miles-per-hour Acela trains -- introduced in 2000 -- as well as road congestion and steadily rising gasoline prices. Ben Jones, CNN, "America's Amtrak moment could finally be here," 1 May 2021 The tracks on the Del Mar bluffs are the only link in the coastal rail corridor that stretches from San Diego to Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Emergency Del Mar bluff work finished," 1 May 2021 New train service in the corridor could begin as early as 2025. Washington Post, "Virginia moves forward with plan to expand passenger rail in southwest part of state," 30 Apr. 2021 The first severe thunderstorm warning in the South Texas corridor that got hit came at 3:42 p.m. for Val Verde County, along the Rio Grande northwest of Del Rio. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "Destructive hail bombards areas near Oklahoma City, Fort Worth and San Antonio," 29 Apr. 2021 The images are set in a corridor at the Whitney that looks out onto the skyscrapers of the Meatpacking district, itself once a hub for artists and cultural life, but since altered by the encroachment of global capital. New York Times, "A Photographer Looks Deep Into America’s Past," 29 Apr. 2021 Lago Mar is located off I-45 south in the Clear Lake-Galveston corridor. Chron, "Land Tejas donates 18th lot for GHBA Benefit home," 24 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Corridor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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