Definition of “passage” - English Dictionary

“passage” in British English

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passagenoun

uk /ˈpæs.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈpæs.ɪdʒ/

passage noun (CONNECTING WAY)

B2 [ C ] also passageway, a usually long and narrow part of a building with rooms on one or both sides, or a covered path that connects places:

A narrow passage led directly through the house into the garden.
The bathroom's on the right at the end of the passage.

[ C ] a hollow part of the body through which something goes:

the nasal passages
the anal passage

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passage noun (PART)

B2 [ C ] a short piece of writing or music that is part of a larger piece of work:

Several passages from the book were printed in a national newspaper before it was published.

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passage noun (TRAVEL)

[ U ] formal travel, especially as a way of escape:

The gunman demanded a plane and safe passage to an unspecified destination.

[ S ] old-fashioned a journey, especially over the sea:

He had booked his passage to Rio de Janeiro.
work your passage old-fashioned

to do work on a ship during your trip instead of paying for a ticket

(Definition of “passage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“passage” in American English

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passagenoun

us /ˈpæs·ɪdʒ/

passage noun (CONNECTING WAY)

[ C ] also passageway, /ˈpæs·ɪdʒˌweɪ/ a usually long and narrow part of a building with rooms on one or both sides, or an enclosed path that connects places:

A narrow passage led through the house to the yard.

[ C ] also passageway, /ˈpæs·ɪdʒˌweɪ/ A passage is also an entrance or opening:

the nasal passages

passage noun (PART)

[ C ] a short piece of writing or music that is part of a larger piece:

a short passage for a trumpet solo

passage noun (TRAVEL)

[ U ] the right to travel or to leave a place:

We booked passage on a cruise ship.
He was guaranteed safe passage to the border.

(Definition of “passage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“passage” in Business English

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passagenoun

uk /ˈpæsɪdʒ/ us

[ C ] also passageway, /ˈpæsɪdzweɪ/ a usually long and narrow part of a building with rooms on one or both sides, or a covered path which connects places:

There's a passage on the side of the building – the maintenance department is along there.

[ C ] a short piece of writing that is part of a larger piece of work:

There's one passage in the report which seems incorrect.

[ U ] an act of moving through a place:

Despite security checks, our passage through the airport was fairly quick.

[ U or S ] the way that time passes:

The directors are hopeful that, with the passage of time, trading conditions will improve.

[ U ] official approval of something, especially a new law:

passage of sth Protesters are opposing passage of the new energy bill through parliament.

(Definition of “passage” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)