Definition of corridor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒrɪdɔː/


1A long passage in a building from which doors lead into rooms: his room lay at the very end of the corridor
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  • Classrooms, corridors, the dining room and the staff offices are filled with pictures.
  • 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.
passage, passageway, aisle, gangway, hall, hallway, gallery, arcade, cloister
1.1British A passage along the side of some railway carriages, from which doors lead into compartments: even on long journeys early trains had no corridors
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  • We took train rides to backwater stations in carriages with compartments and corridors.
  • A scream had echoed all along the passenger corridor, waking everyone.
1.2A belt of land linking two other areas or following a road or river: the security forces established corridors for humanitarian supplies
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  • She noted the importance of wildlife or movement corridors to link established parks with untouched wilderness areas.
  • The plan would link existing wilderness and natural areas with wildlife travel corridors to enable large predators and other animals to migrate.
  • Humanitarian personnel and corridors must be much more effectively protected.


the corridors of power

The senior levels of government or administration: he will be a considerable influence in the corridors of power, particularly when it comes to private legislation
From the name of C. P. Snow's novel The Corridors of Power (1964)
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  • No matter what, the Federation are the people who do carry considerable influence 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.
  • Efforts were underway in the corridors of power to encourage the administration to shelve the report as a bad idea from a previous administration.


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.

  • Corridors are nothing to do with doors. They are ‘running places’. The word comes from Italian corridore, from Latin currere ‘to run’. It started out as a military term for a strip of land along the outer edge of a ditch, protected by a parapet. The modern sense of ‘a long passage in a building’ dates from the early 19th century. See also cursor. Corridors of power refers to the senior levels of government or the civil service, where all the important decision-making takes place behind the scenes. It was popularized by the title of C. P. Snow's novel The Corridors of Power (1964), though Snow did not coin the expression.

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