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[pas-ij-wey] /ˈpæs ɪdʒˌweɪ/
a way for passing into, through, or out of something, as within a building or between buildings; a corridor, hall, alley, catwalk, or the like.
a corridor on a ship.
Origin of passageway
1640-50; passage1 + way1
1. passage, access, path, walk. Unabridged
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  • Again he called her name, but her footsteps were almost running up the passageway.

    The Alaskan James Oliver Curwood
  • He pointed to the one that gave on the passageway against which he had set the chair tilted.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • As he hastened down the passageway toward his office, the airlock sucked the door against its jamb with an ominous whistle.

  • At the end of the passageway, facing him, was the master room.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The dressing room, apodyterium, was usually entered from the court through a passageway or anteroom.

British Dictionary definitions for passageway


a way, esp one in or between buildings; passage
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Word Origin and History for passageway

1640s, American English, from passage + way.

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