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 That plan has sparked development along East 105th Street in Glenville, Buckeye Road near the East 93rd Street corridor and most recently in the Clark Fulton neighborhood on the West Side. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Expansion urged for program that helps elderly, disabled Cleveland homeowners make repairs," 31 Dec. 2020 But guests will be able to watch a light show, see the Slotzilla Zoomline and walk the corridor’s six blocks. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Diddy’ delivers, chicken coops, New Year’s Eve restrictions: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2020 Apple, Amazon and Google have all leased office space in the area, turning it into an emerging tech corridor. New York Times, "New Train Hall Opens at Penn Station, Echoing Building’s Former Glory," 30 Dec. 2020 The area immediately south, which roughly aligns with the Interstate 80 corridor, could get about 3 to 6 inches in places like Sterling and the Quad Cities, meteorologists said. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Snow and ice to arrive by evening commute as season’s first major winter storm hits Chicago area," 29 Dec. 2020 This month, Vista finally completed five years of construction on the one-mile stretch of Santa Fe Avenue between Civic Center and Vista Village drives known as the Paseo Santa Fe corridor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County: A Year in Review," 27 Dec. 2020 Christmas Eve will be wet and windy for millions of Americans up and down the I-95 corridor. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Winter storm warnings issued for Midwest, Northeast; Florida may see tornadoes," 25 Dec. 2020 Hundreds roamed Burlingame’s main shopping corridor on Burlingame Avenue alongside Christmas decorations on Wednesday afternoon. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "Last-minute Bay Area holiday shoppers face coronavirus risks," 23 Dec. 2020 Most models show the heaviest rain focusing just west of Washington toward the mountains, although the European model places the bull's eye close to the Interstate 95 corridor. Washington Post, "Christmas Eve storm threatens D.C. with gusty downpours before plunging temperatures," 23 Dec. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Corridor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 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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