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 Another shower bath, similarly finished, is behind swinging doors in a corridor formed by a series of rooms set apart exclusively for female patrons. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 Inside the towering stone walls, in the southwestern corridor, is the modest Synagogue created during the early 20th century in order to serve the needs of the Jewish inmates. Cantor Glenn Sherman, Sun Sentinel, 29 July 2022 Her mural, in the main corridor at Page Park pool in Bristol, was unveiled last year. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2022 In a narrow corridor outside the room, more than a dozen letters and cards from Russian schoolchildren were taped to the wall. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 The Ghodaghodi sanctuary spans 2,563 hectares (6,333 acres) of lakes, marshes, and forest in Sudurpashchim province, creating an essential wildlife corridor between the plains and the hills. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 May 2022 In the first shooting, eyewitnesses described hearing a fight among women in an outdoor corridor that connects the Bucks’ Deer District to a street. Dan Simmons, New York Times, 14 May 2022 The port city is critical to Russian hopes of forming an unbroken land corridor stretching from the eastern Donbas region bordering Russia to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Vitaly Bizyuk and his family drove three days to find an open corridor from there to Zaporizhzhia. Cara Anna, Chicago Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Corridor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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cor·​ri·​dor | \ ˈkȯr-ə-dər How to pronounce corridor (audio) \

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: a passage into which rooms open

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