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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Officials have described a maze of corridors and rooms throughout the rowhouse, but a precise layout has not been revealed. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Dangerous conditions contributed to deaths of two inside rowhouse that burned, court documents say," 30 Aug. 2019 Wedding night in the family mansion, decked out with dumbwaiters, servants’ corridors and the smell of moral rot, turns into a lethal all-night round of hide and seek, played with executioner’s ax, crossbow, shotgun and hot tea kettle. Michael Phillips,, "‘Ready or Not’ review: I take this man as my lawful wedded husband. Now, hand me that crossbow.," 19 Aug. 2019 Doing things like digging corridors and building roads could easily be interpreted as making a claim by use or other means. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Will Future Lunar Bases Be Underground?," 31 July 2019 In other words, the project is potentially too much, too close to the water, where sea level rise, obstructed view corridors and limitations on public access are crucial factors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seaport San Diego tower is like nothing else on California’s coast. That’s the problem," 20 July 2019 Also, heavily used tourist corridors along the Strip and on downtown's Fremont Street are monitored by a number of closed- circuit television cameras whose images are continuously viewed at the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center. Jay Jones,, "Las Vegas' new safety features? The city wants to stay fun -- and secure," 12 July 2019 Television cameras watch the corridor and the comers, look into the barracks and the exercise yards; the entire camp is under constant electronic surveillance. Earl Shorris, Harper's magazine, "El Corralón," 24 June 2019 Cries of sorrow and fear echo through the school corridors, and every classroom is watching the news. Darren Franich,, "Emmys 2019: Consider Ramy Youssef for writing, directing, and starring in Ramy," 13 June 2019 These infrastructure projects, more pipelines and transport corridors and such, are mostly intended to boost Russia’s export potential on behalf of big business. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "To make Russia great again, Putin is building roads and bridges," 13 Mar. 2019

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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