pas·​sage·​way | \ ˈpa-sij-ˌwā How to pronounce passageway (audio) \

Definition of passageway

: a way that allows passage

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Examples of passageway in a Sentence

the passageway to the other side of the office
Recent Examples on the Web The penthouse takes up the ninth and tenth floors of The SkyView tower and is said to feature a 39-foot rooftop infinity pool, a private car elevator and a passageway leading to a smaller condo with a flight simulator, office and gym. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2021 Bolstering this library’s appeal is its connection to the family room through a passageway that includes a wet bar. James Alexander,, 4 Apr. 2022 Officer Nesta Reid, 35, was arrested for theft of a vehicle, obstructing a passageway or roadway, and tampering with physical evidence. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Mar. 2022 Russia had offered Ukrainians a safe passageway only to Russia or Belarus — an offer that was rejected. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 That might be a shadowy passageway, partly open doors or a window that reveals a lamp that’s dim and yet the brightest thing within the frame. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 But China has long been concerned about its dependence on the Malacca passageway. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2022 The Great Lakes have served as a shipping superhighway since the 1700s, first with ships trading locally across the lakes, but then working as a passageway from the East Coast to the Midwest, following the St. Lawrence River down from Canada. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 Thousands of desperate Afghans were crammed into a narrow passageway leading to the gate, which was hemmed in by tall concrete walls and divided down the middle by a canal that had turned into an open sewer. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of passageway

circa 1606, in the meaning defined above

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24 Apr 2022

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“Passageway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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pas·​sage·​way | \ ˈpa-sij-ˌwā How to pronounce passageway (audio) \

Kids Definition of passageway

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

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