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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There are metal detectors at the main entrance and, down an airy corridor, double sets of doors that unlock after an employee holds an identification card up to an electronic reader. James Barron, New York Times, "Don’t Hate Her. She’s Just the (Subway) Messenger.," 1 July 2018 One exhibit takes viewers down the historic tourist corridor of U.S. 27 from Tallahassee to Coral Gables. Richard Tribou,, "52 excuses to visit Florida's Highlands County," 1 July 2018 Up and down the mile-long eating corridor of East Amarillo Boulevard were Thai, Vietnamese, Cuban, Salvadoran, and Mexican restaurants. Ashlea Halpern, Bon Appetit, "Searching for Goat Meat In Trump Country," 6 June 2018 The doorways of the interior galleries are aligned, so one can see down the entire corridor to a striking 1778 portrait of Marie Antoinette, her husband King Louis XVI and her brother, the Archduke Maximilian. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Met Museum Brings Some Versailles to New York," 31 Mar. 2018 Walking down the narrow corridors, there would suddenly be a jolt and you’d be thrown against the wall. Fortune, "These 2 Words Are the Trick to Scoring a Flight Upgrade," 22 Feb. 2018 As workers began loading the Milwaukee Brewers moving van headed to spring training Tuesday, third baseman Travis Shaw provided a welcome soundtrack just down the corridor. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Loaded with bats, bubble gum and optimism, Milwaukee Brewers' van heads to spring training," 6 Feb. 2018 For her Fall 2019 ready-to-wear show, the designer chose London’s Tate museum as the setting, propping up a runway down the central corridor and letting the elegant interior do the rest. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "“It’s a Bigger Catwalk Than I’ve Ever Had Before”: Victoria Beckham on Her Cinematic Fall 2019 Show," 22 Feb. 2019 More density also means more housing, especially along transit corridors and downtown near jobs. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?," 11 Dec. 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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