WordReference on corridor says that it may be expressed in Spanish by "pasillo" or "corredor", but I have never heard the latter in South America.

Is "corredor" usual in any Spanish-speaking country (eg Spain)?

Is there any difference in meaning between both words?

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    At least in Argentina, "pasillo" is more informal than "corredor", which can also be used in other contexts, like "corredor vial" (road corridor). I'm only writing a comment because I don't have more information for a decent reply.
    – Gustavson
    Jan 2, 2020 at 16:59
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    Also, "pasillo" is always indoor, while "corredor" can be outdoor, as shown above and in the case of "corredor seguro", a system implemented for schoolchildren to follow a safe way back home.
    – Gustavson
    Jan 2, 2020 at 17:48
  • Even in English, "corridor" is more formal. I think it is a similar situation in Spanish. Jan 3, 2020 at 8:39
  • off-topic: in Portuguese, it is the opposite: "corredor" is the usual word. Jan 3, 2020 at 10:13
  • @aparente001 in the dialect of English spoken in South East England corridor is the usual word so this must be subject to regional variation.
    – mdewey
    Jan 4, 2020 at 13:54

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As you specifically mention Spain, this answer is about the usage in Spain.

To refer to a small corridor inside a building, such as in a house or in an office building, the word "pasillo" is much more commonly used.

The word "corredor" is sometimes used to refer to much larger corridors, either indoors (maybe at an airport) or most commonly outdoors. For example, the corridors around a courtyard might be called "corredores". There are also several figurative uses of this meaning of the word "corredor", such as the names of some large geographical entities with a similar shape (Corredor del Henares, or several other examples here under "Territorio") or even "corredor de la muerte", which means "death row" .

  • I always hear about the 'Corredor del Mediterráneo'
    – fedorqui
    Jan 3, 2020 at 15:34

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