A passageway is a hall or a walkway that connects one area to another. You might pass from a small museum through a passageway to an outdoor sculpture garden, for example.

Passageways typically connect rooms or buildings to each other, and they're generally walled and slightly narrow. A passageway in a hotel might lead from an elevator to your fancy suite, and a castle might be full of stone passageways leading from room to room, some of them hidden in the walls. This noun is American in origin, from passage and its French root passer, "to go by" and way, "road or path."

Definitions of passageway
  1. noun
    a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass
    synonyms: passage
    see moresee less
    show 62 types...
    hide 62 types...
    birth canal
    a passage in the uterus and vagina through which a fetus passes during vaginal birth
    a natural body passageway
    opening, orifice, porta
    an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity
    canal, channel, duct, epithelial duct
    a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance
    tiny endothelium-lined passages for blood in the tissue of an organ
    carpal tunnel
    a passageway in the wrist through which nerves and the flexor muscles of the hands pass
    root canal
    the passage in the root of a tooth through which its nerve and blood vessels enter the pulp cavity
    esophagus, gorge, gullet, oesophagus
    the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
    the short part of the esophagus extending downward from the diaphragm to the stomach
    the passage between the back of the mouth and the pharynx
    fistula, sinus
    an abnormal passage leading from a suppurating cavity to the body surface
    a passage by which a bodily fluid (especially blood) is diverted from one channel to another
    external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower vertebrate
    the opening into the archenteron
    any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
    aortic orifice
    the orifice from the lower left chamber of the heart to the aorta
    a mouth or mouthlike opening (especially one created by surgery on the surface of the body to create an opening to an internal organ)
    acoustic meatus, auditory canal, auditory meatus, ear canal, external auditory canal
    either of the passages in the outer ear from the auricle to the tympanic membrane
    nasal meatus
    the passages in the nasal cavity formed by the projections of the nasal conchae
    canalis vertebralis, spinal canal, vertebral canal
    the canal in successive vertebrae through which the spinal cord passes
    porta hepatis
    opening for major blood vessels to enter and leave the liver
    a breathing orifice
    ductule, ductulus
    a very small duct
    a small canal or duct as in some bones and parts of plants
    Schlemm's canal, canal of Schlemm, sinus venosus sclerae
    a circular canal in the eye that drains aqueous humor from the anterior chamber of the eye into the anterior ciliary veins
    sinus, venous sinus
    a wide channel containing blood; does not have the coating of an ordinary blood vessel
    the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening
    a mouth or mouthlike opening
    cervix, cervix uteri, uterine cervix
    necklike opening to the uterus
    a small opening covered with membrane (especially one in the bone between the middle and inner ear)
    lachrymal duct, lacrimal duct, tear duct
    any of several small ducts that carry tears from the lacrimal glands
    nasolacrimal duct
    a duct that carries tears from the lacrimal sac to the nasal cavity
    Haversian canal
    any of the many tiny canals that contain blood vessels and connective tissue and that form a network in bone
    hepatic duct
    the duct that drains bile from the liver
    canalis inguinalis, inguinal canal
    oblique passage through the lower abdominal wall; in males it is the passage through which the testes descend into the scrotum and it contains the spermatic cord; in females it transmits the round ligament of the uterus
    bile duct, common bile duct
    a duct formed by the hepatic and cystic ducts; opens into the duodenum
    pancreatic duct
    a duct connecting the pancreas with the intestine
    the opening into the stomach and that part of the stomach connected to the esophagus
    lymph vessel, lymphatic vessel
    a vascular duct that carries lymph which is eventually added to the venous blood circulation
    salivary duct
    a duct through which saliva passes from the salivary gland into the mouth
    Sylvian aqueduct, aqueductus cerebri, cerebral aqueduct
    a canal connecting the third and fourth ventricles
    entrance or opening to a hollow organ or tube (especially the vaginal opening)
    external orifice, urethral orifice
    the orifice through which urine is discharged
    either of a pair of thick-walled tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder
    duct through which urine is discharged in most mammals and which serves as the male genital duct
    canalis cervicis uteri, cervical canal
    a spindle-shaped canal extending from the uterus to the vagina
    umbilical, umbilical cord
    membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta
    the lower part of the female reproductive tract; a moist canal in female mammals extending from the labia minora to the uterus
    a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens
    ductus deferens, vas deferens
    a duct that carries spermatozoa from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct
    ejaculatory duct
    a part of the seminal duct formed by the duct from the seminal vesicle and the vas deferens; passes through the prostate gland
    cartilaginous tube
    a duct with cartilaginous walls
    any of the smallest bronchial ducts; ending in alveoli
    GI tract, alimentary canal, alimentary tract, digestive tract, digestive tube, gastrointestinal tract
    tubular passage of mucous membrane and muscle extending about 8.3 meters from mouth to anus; functions in digestion and elimination
    a small circular opening between the stomach and the duodenum
    the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal
    fontanel, fontanelle, soft spot
    any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
    a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)
    portacaval shunt
    shunt that is created surgically between the portal vein and the inferior vena cava so that blood from the abdominal organs can bypass the liver
    lactiferous duct
    ducts of the mammary gland that carry milk to the nipple
    any of the openings to the nasal cavities that allow air to flow through the cavities to the pharynx
    a narrow elongated opening or fissure between two symmetrical parts
    type of:
    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  2. noun
    a passage between rooms or between buildings
    see moresee less
    Channel Tunnel
    the railroad tunnel between France and England under the English Channel
    show 22 types...
    hide 22 types...
    aisle, gangway
    passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
    a covered passageway with shops and stalls on either side
    a passageway between buildings or giving access to a basement
    an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it
    drift, gallery, heading
    a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
    a temporary passageway of planks (as over mud on a building site)
    passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark
    a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
    a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)
    a pedestrian passageway through the ground floor of a building
    amusement arcade
    an arcade featuring coin-operated game machines
    arrival gate
    gate where passengers disembark
    an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
    departure gate
    gate where passengers embark
    elevator shaft
    a vertical shaft in a building to permit the passage of an elevator from floor to floor
    a covered corridor (especially one extending along the wall of a building and supported with arches or columns)
    hall, hallway
    an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open
    penny arcade
    an arcade with coin-operated devices for entertainment
    railroad tunnel
    a tunnel through which the railroad track runs
    subway, underpass
    an underground tunnel or passage enabling pedestrians to cross a road or railway
    ventilation shaft
    a shaft in a building; serves as an air passage for ventilation
    an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
    type of:
    a way through or along which someone or something may pass
Word Family
F1 image

Express yourself in 25 languages

  • Learn immersively - no memorization required
  • Build skills for real-world conversations
  • Get immediate feedback on your pronunciation
Get started for $7.99/month