pas·​sage·​way | \ˈpa-sij-ˌwā \

Definition of passageway 

: a way that allows passage

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Synonyms for passageway


concourse, corridor, gallery, hall, hallway

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Examples of passageway in a Sentence

the passageway to the other side of the office

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After the curtains obscure the participants, flashlight-carrying stagehands guide them off the stage and through dark, hidden passageways that wind around various parts of the resort. Hanna Krueger,, "Louisiana toddler brought to hospital with bruises and burns dies: report," 18 Apr. 2018 With its narrow passageways and suffocating sense of claustrophobia, the comparison is inevitable. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 In December, a would-be suicide bomber set off a pipe bomb in a subway passageway near Times Square, authorities said. Jennifer Peltz And Karen Matthews, Fox News, "US marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump speaks at PA site," 12 Sep. 2018 In December, a would-be suicide bomber set off a pipe bomb in a subway passageway near Times Square, authorities said. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "US marks 9/11 anniversary; Trump to mark it at Pa. memorial," 10 Sep. 2018 The steps are the only surviving example of 10 passageways to the waterfront commissioned by William Penn in the early 1700s to promote maritime commerce and transportation, according to a plaque at the site. Jacob Adelman,, "Central Philly waterfront agency seeks developer for lot near Ben Franklin Bridge," 9 July 2018 To escape, the children must dive through dark, narrow passageways sometimes no more than two-feet (0.6- meter) wide, that have challenged some of the world's leading cave divers. Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Houston Chronicle, "4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside," 9 July 2018 The group had entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave to go exploring after soccer practice on June 23, but monsoon rains filled the tight passageways, blocking their escape, and pushing them deeper inside in search of a refuge. Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "US Air Force rescue specialist details 'once in a lifetime rescue' in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 About the park name: Pioneers thought the tangle of passageways between bluffs looked like the streets of a giant city. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Built by the CCC, lodges in Illinois parks continue to serve as cozy getaways," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of passageway

circa 1606, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of passageway

: a long, narrow space that connects one place to another


pas·​sage·​way | \ˈpa-sij-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of passageway

: a space, road, or way by which a person or thing may move

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to enclose within walls

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