pas·​sage·​way ˈpa-sij-ˌwā How to pronounce passageway (audio)
: a way that allows passage

Examples of passageway in a Sentence

the passageway to the other side of the office
Recent Examples on the Web The Israeli military has examined computers used by Hamas operatives in charge of tunnel construction to find the underground passageways, a senior Israeli official said. Gal Koplewitz, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2024 Seligson told The Washington Post that the national Chabad movement became aware of the passageway’s existence over the past few weeks after local reports surfaced online. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 The passageway was constructed without approval and permits from the DOB and had inadequate rudimentary shoring in place, the agency said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 10 Jan. 2024 Recently, in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a ye-olde Tudor-style mansion at 770 Eastern Parkway made headlines when a group of young Hasidic men were filmed brawling with police after emerging, improbably, out of a homemade subterranean passageway in a basement shul. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 The tunnel, a passageway between the headquarters of the group, the Chabad-Lubavitcher movement, and at least one adjacent property, was first discovered late last year, according to local news reports. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2024 His estate slashed the price on the luxurious villa, which features 40-foot palm trees, 20-foot ceilings and a two-story library complete with a secret passageway that leads to a bedroom and bar. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 That’s because Lesser’s client, the investor Barry Schwartz, bought 66 and the former auto shop in 2006, then in 2011 when his neighbor at 64 was selling, bought the home next door for guests and family, carving out a passageway at the parlor level to cross between the two. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 17 Oct. 2023 But the mauve-and-gray wall-to-wall carpeting, dramatic ceilings and passageways, and even many of the original furnishings are still in place. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 28 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passageway was circa 1606

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“Passageway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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pas·​sage·​way -ˌwā How to pronounce passageway (audio)
: a road or way by which a person or thing may pass

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