Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


She came up to me, and repeated all these passages with tears.

We are at work not on the truth of passages, but solely on their meaning.

But others argue that these passages are only translations from the Greek.

For other passages containing the comedy of "peering," v. Bac.

Passages taken at haphazard will suffice to establish my contention.

Both our passages were pleasant, and give me nothing to relate.

Mrs Merdle, during these passages, said little to Fanny, but said more about her.

They were as if linked together, parted merely by the narrowest of passages.

Mr. Stryver had left them in the passages, to shoulder his way back to the robing-room.

The passages were crowded, and there were people even on the stage.


early 13c., "a road, passage;" late 13c., "action of passing," from Old French passage "mountain pass, passage" (11c.), from passer "to go by" (see pass (v.)). Meaning "corridor in a building" first recorded 1610s. Meaning "a portion of writing" is from 1610s, of music, from 1670s.