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 Any entrances to malls or other passageways must be closed to the public. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin retail stores can let customers come inside, with restrictions," 11 May 2020 Others are focused on creating safe passageways through their restaurants, separating the exit from the entrance so that customers do not brush past each other on the way in or out. David Gelles, New York Times, "As States Push to Reopen, Business Leaders Say Not So Fast," 26 Apr. 2020 Not only is the idea of traveling through these theoretical passageways between two disparate regions of spacetime debatable, but their very existence is unclear. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Hidden Passage: Could We Spy a Traversable Wormhole in the Milky Way’s Heart?," 10 Oct. 2019 The tunnel stretched more than 2,000 feet to a warehouse in Tijuana, with an average depth of 31 feet and a width of about 3 feet through most of its passageway. Gary Warth, Los Angeles Times, "Man charged with trafficking millions of dollars worth of drugs via tunnel from Mexico," 11 Apr. 2020 The tunnel has an average depth of 31 feet and is 3 feet wide through most of the passageway. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Over 4,000 pounds of drugs – worth almost $30 million – found in tunnel near San Diego," 1 Apr. 2020 Once the home of Vlad the Impaler, the ruthless 15th-century ruler who inspired fictional vampire Count Dracula, the fortress is partially built into the earth and features a maze of passageways designed to ensure easy escape. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch Seven Medieval Castles’ Digital Reconstruction," 31 Mar. 2020 Ghisoni, who was married in July, appeared to be struck near the end of a narrow passageway leading to the famous Khazneh structure, Roya News reported. Fox News, "Italian tourist dies in Petra after getting struck by falling rock: reports," 21 Feb. 2020 For all the talk about a wall between the United States and Mexico, the proliferation of such subterranean passageways demonstrates that the problem with border security is as much below ground as above. Elian Peltier,, "Longest-ever smugglers’ tunnel from Mexico to US is discovered near San Diego," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of passageway

circa 1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of passageway was circa 1606

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Passageway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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 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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