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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Russia resumed bombing the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine, a day after more than 340 women, children and elderly were evacuated through a humanitarian corridor from the city and surrounding areas, Ukrainian officials said. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Unending views of dramatic wilderness define this road trip through California’s Eastern Sierra corridor. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2022 Buses in Sumy waiting to evacuate foreign students and other civilians through a humanitarian corridor opened March 8. Monica Hersher, NBC news, 7 Apr. 2022 But given the unpredictability of Russian forces, his best chance of a safe evacuation is through another humanitarian corridor. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 Twenty thousand Ukrainians reportedly escaped Mariupol Tuesday through a humanitarian corridor. Fox News, 17 Mar. 2022 Heavy downpours are expected overnight, with possible thunder as the storm moves through the I-95 corridor in the early morning. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 17 Feb. 2022 Unfortunately, this is once again the reality many are facing from the Tennessee River Valley through the I-95 corridor. Derek Van Dam, CNN, 5 Jan. 2022 And all around them, a horde of other MLB personnel lurked in an oversized circle, whisking the Angels two-way star through a crowded corridor at Minute Maid Park in Houston minutes before the opening game of last month’s World Series. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Corridor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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