Definition of corridor in US English:



  • 1A long passage in a building from which doors lead into rooms.

    • ‘The building itself, however, was a solid concrete structure of staircases, landings and corridors with many rooms leading off them.’
    • ‘The people live in dungas, pre-fab buildings, typically a corridor with six rooms off each side.’
    • ‘All 17.5 miles of corridors inside this building are empty.’
    • ‘Her measured footsteps lead her through a corridor to a large room, complete with a fireplace.’
    • ‘Some of them, apart from the burial chamber, contain a corridor and other rooms.’
    • ‘The rectangular building has a corridor running from the entrance hallway with double doors to the drawing room.’
    • ‘Classrooms, corridors, the dining room and the staff offices are filled with pictures.’
    • ‘He led them out of the reception hall and down the corridor to a small room on the left.’
    • ‘This will mean no more steps at the entrance, wider corridors, wider doors and a toilet downstairs.’
    • ‘She's walking through the corridors of the Engineering building when he sees a man standing in a car in front of the building.’
    • ‘The works consist of building a new corridor linking the main building to the disused Telephone Exchange in the rear yard.’
    • ‘The words we speak help to build a kind of inner dwelling, plotting out the psyche's suite of rooms and corridors and courtyards, its stairways, arbours, spots of sun and shade.’
    • ‘The floor was an amazing array of confusing hallways, corridors, and rooms.’
    • ‘In school corridors and front rooms up and down the country tears of joy and despair were shed this morning.’
    • ‘At first I was determined, striding down passages and exploring new corridors and rooms I found.’
    • ‘Across the corridor, the dining room has patio doors out to the south-facing rear garden.’
    • ‘He led her through a winding maze of corridors and dressing rooms.’
    • ‘He dashed out of the classroom and down the corridor to the music room.’
    • ‘The old building's narrow corridors, stairs and lifts were intended to be similar to those of ships.’
    • ‘The building itself was a fantastic old house, hidden doorways leading to twisted corridors leading to huge rooms leading to further rooms leading to more corridors.’
    passage, passageway, aisle, gangway, hall, hallway, gallery, arcade, cloister
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    1. 1.1British A passage along the side of a railroad car, from which doors lead into compartments.
      • ‘We took train rides to backwater stations in carriages with compartments and corridors.’
      • ‘A scream had echoed all along the passenger corridor, waking everyone.’
    2. 1.2 A belt of land linking two other areas or following a road or river.
      ‘the valley provides the principal wildlife corridor between the uplands and the central urban area’
      ‘the Boston-to-Washington corridor’
      • ‘She noted the importance of wildlife or movement corridors to link established parks with untouched wilderness areas.’
      • ‘Protection of wooded river corridors and other isolated tree groves, especially in arid areas, is important for their local survival.’
      • ‘Environmentalists and developers have been fighting over how to establish functional wildlife corridors in the Bow Valley for over a decade.’
      • ‘The group is currently working on gaining protection for the lands and developing corridors that suit species from big cats to tiny voles.’
      • ‘Humanitarian personnel and corridors must be much more effectively protected.’
      • ‘And that is another reason for the breadth of the corridor between the national parks.’
      • ‘The two sites are important wildlife corridors and the last patch of rainforest in Redland.’
      • ‘Planning for Auckland's motorways and public transport corridors was done 40 years ago, in 1963.’
      • ‘At the same time, urban parks were seen as ecological reserves, acting as floodplains, wildlife corridors, or natural habitats.’
      • ‘The plan would link existing wilderness and natural areas with wildlife travel corridors to enable large predators and other animals to migrate.’
      • ‘There are a number of transport corridors and oil pipelines that are in the process of development to serve this function.’
      • ‘The total would also include 6.5 million acres of wildlife corridors and 1,800 miles of river designated as wild and scenic.’
      • ‘The effort was part of a long-term project to enhance the Chapman River by providing flora and fauna corridors linking areas of remnant vegetation.’
      • ‘So, we do need large arteries, not just of highways, but arteries of corridors of transportation and development.’
      • ‘What's needed, they say, is a national land-use policy that will simply forbid human encroachment on wildlife corridors.’
      • ‘They can also be found along river corridors and throughout forested areas of Washington.’
      • ‘The Council discounted several land corridors that were home to the fern because it believed the bypass would be blocked by a legal challenge if one of them was chosen.’
      • ‘These would not be simply rail lines; they would be development corridors, which would be high-speed transportation.’


  • the corridors of power

    • The senior levels of government or administration, where covert influence is regarded as being exerted and significant decisions are made.

      • ‘The revelations which emerged from the Prime Ministerial lips will surely send aftershocks of controversy echoing along the corridors of power for years to come.’
      • ‘We the country, the education system, our children - simply can't afford such small-minded shuffling in the corridors of power.’
      • ‘He was a powerful man who in the last administration was very close to the corridors of power and could walk in and out of State House at anytime.’
      • ‘Further, one of his main tenets is that this belief, time after time, has been shown as blatantly illogical, and yet it continues to predominate in the corridors of power.’
      • ‘Efforts were underway in the corridors of power to encourage the administration to shelve the report as a bad idea from a previous administration.’
      • ‘No matter what, the Federation are the people who do carry considerable influence in the corridors of power.’
      • ‘Apart from a short break in the early 1990s, when he spent four years working for the governor of Hong Kong, the corridors of power at Westminster have been his hunting ground.’
      • ‘Councillors are our direct conduits to the corridors of power, and we should make every effort to use them to our advantage and to make them earn their allowances.’
      • ‘Inside the corridors of power, the question is not if we should build new ones, but how long the politicians can hold off before informing the public of an inevitable reality.’
      • ‘When you have a government led by small minded technocrats with inflated egos and big ideas, is it any wonder that there exists a disconnect between the corridors of power and the real world.’


Late 16th century (as a military term denoting a strip of land along the outer edge of a ditch, protected by a parapet): from French, from Italian corridore, alteration (by association with corridore ‘runner’) of corridoio ‘running place’, from correre ‘to run’, from Latin currere. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.