Definition of corridor in English:



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

    • ‘The people live in dungas, pre-fab buildings, typically a corridor with six rooms off each side.’
    • ‘He led her through a winding maze of corridors and dressing rooms.’
    • ‘In school corridors and front rooms up and down the country tears of joy and despair were shed this morning.’
    • ‘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 old building's narrow corridors, stairs and lifts were intended to be similar to those of ships.’
    • ‘Across the corridor, the dining room has patio doors out to the south-facing rear garden.’
    • ‘Classrooms, corridors, the dining room and the staff offices are filled with pictures.’
    • ‘The floor was an amazing array of confusing hallways, corridors, and rooms.’
    • ‘The building itself, however, was a solid concrete structure of staircases, landings and corridors with many rooms leading off them.’
    • ‘He dashed out of the classroom and down the corridor to the music room.’
    • ‘He led them out of the reception hall and down the corridor to a small room on the left.’
    • ‘She's walking through the corridors of the Engineering building when he sees a man standing in a car in front of the building.’
    • ‘Her measured footsteps lead her through a corridor to a large room, complete with a fireplace.’
    • ‘At first I was determined, striding down passages and exploring new corridors and rooms I found.’
    • ‘This will mean no more steps at the entrance, wider corridors, wider doors and a toilet downstairs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The works consist of building a new corridor linking the main building to the disused Telephone Exchange in the rear yard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All 17.5 miles of corridors inside this building are empty.’
    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. 1.2A 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the same time, urban parks were seen as ecological reserves, acting as floodplains, wildlife corridors, or natural habitats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Humanitarian personnel and corridors must be much more effectively protected.’
      • ‘The two sites are important wildlife corridors and the last patch of rainforest in Redland.’
      • ‘The plan would link existing wilderness and natural areas with wildlife travel corridors to enable large predators and other animals to migrate.’
      • ‘So, we do need large arteries, not just of highways, but arteries of corridors of transportation and development.’
      • ‘There are a number of transport corridors and oil pipelines that are in the process of development to serve this function.’
      • ‘These would not be simply rail lines; they would be development corridors, which would be high-speed transportation.’
      • ‘What's needed, they say, is a national land-use policy that will simply forbid human encroachment on wildlife corridors.’
      • ‘She noted the importance of wildlife or movement corridors to link established parks with untouched wilderness areas.’
      • ‘Planning for Auckland's motorways and public transport corridors was done 40 years ago, in 1963.’
      • ‘They can also be found along river corridors and throughout forested areas of Washington.’
      • ‘The group is currently working on gaining protection for the lands and developing corridors that suit species from big cats to tiny voles.’
      • ‘Environmentalists and developers have been fighting over how to establish functional wildlife corridors in the Bow Valley for over a decade.’
      • ‘The total would also include 6.5 million acres of wildlife corridors and 1,800 miles of river designated as wild and scenic.’
      • ‘And that is another reason for the breadth of the corridor between the national parks.’
      • ‘Protection of wooded river corridors and other isolated tree groves, especially in arid areas, is important for their local survival.’


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.