[kawr-i-der, -dawr, kor-]


Nearby words

  1. corresponding angles,
  2. correspondingly,
  3. corresponsive,
  4. corrida,
  5. corrido,
  6. corridor of uncertainty,
  7. corridors of power,
  8. corrie,
  9. corrie-fisted,
  10. corriedale

Origin of corridor

1585–95; < Middle French < Upper Italian corridore (Tuscan corridoio), equivalent to corr(ere) to run (< Latin currere) + -idore < Latin -i-tōrium; see -i-, -tory2

Related formscor·ri·dored, adjectivepre·cor·ri·dor, nounun·cor·ri·dored, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corridor

British Dictionary definitions for corridor



a hallway or passage connecting parts of a building
a strip of land or airspace along the route of a road or riverthe M1 corridor
a strip of land or airspace that affords access, either from a landlocked country to the sea (such as the Polish corridor, 1919-39, which divided Germany) or from a state to an exclave (such as the Berlin corridor, 1945–90, which passed through the former East Germany)
a passageway connecting the compartments of a railway coach
corridors of power the higher echelons of government, the Civil Service, etc, considered as the location of power and influence
a flight path that affords safe access for intruding aircraft
the path that a spacecraft must follow when re-entering the atmosphere, above which lift is insufficient and below which heating effects are excessive

Word Origin for corridor

C16: from Old French, from Old Italian corridore, literally: place for running, from correre to run, from Latin currere

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Word Origin and History for corridor



1590s, from French corridor (16c.), from Italian corridore "a gallery," literally "a runner," from correre "to run," from Latin currere (see current (adj.)). Originally of fortifications, meaning "long hallway" is first recorded 1814.

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