noun, often attributive
\ ˈdȯr How to pronounce door (audio) \

Definition of door

1 : a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened also : a similar part of a piece of furniture
2 : doorway
3 : a means of access or participation : opportunity opens new doors door to success
4 doors plural : the designated time at which the doors at a performance venue (such as a theater) are opened to admit attendees Doors are at 8, and music starts with Garrett Owen's set at 9pm.— Steve Steward
at one's door
: as a charge against one as being responsible laid the blame at our door

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Other Words from door

doorless \ ˈdȯr-​ləs How to pronounce door (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of door in a Sentence

I heard a knock on the door. Please don't block the door. I peeked through the open door. He stood at the door.
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Recent Examples on the Web If nobody answered the door when police knocked with a property manager, officers would sometimes go inside without a Section 12 order., 21 July 2021 Microsoft issued a patch to fix the back door into these servers, but China's activities continued, Microsoft's security blog reported in March. David A. Andelman, CNN, 20 July 2021 The sound of Washington might be the cheery chime of a closing Metro door or the strident chant of a protest march. Washington Post, 20 July 2021 As soon as the doors opened, my husband took off and ran right into the door. Tarah Chieffi, Travel + Leisure, 20 July 2021 Sanchez, 51, could be seen jumping up and down and cheering just before the capsule's door was opened and Bezos stepped back on earth alongside his brother Mark and fellow space travelers Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen. Rachel Desantis,, 20 July 2021 Spencer allegedly stood in front of Nicholas’ door yelling and threatening to beat him. al, 20 July 2021 Tania cracked open the basement door and closed it again. Tony Earley, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 The kitchen door of a home on the 7200 block of North Neva Avenue was forced open and an undisclosed amount of jewelry and cash were reported stolen on July 13, police said. Pioneer Press Staff,, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of door

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for door

Middle English dure, dor, from Old English duru door & dor gate; akin to Old High German turi door, Latin fores, Greek thyra

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The first known use of door was before the 12th century

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23 Jul 2021

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“Door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of door

: a movable piece of wood, glass, or metal that swings or slides open and shut so that people can enter or leave a room, building, vehicle, etc.
: a part of an object (such as piece of furniture or an appliance) that swings or slides open and shut
: the opening for a door : the entrance to a room or building


\ ˈdȯr How to pronounce door (audio) \

Kids Definition of door

1 : a usually swinging or sliding frame or barrier by which an entrance (as into a house) is closed and opened
2 : a part of a piece of furniture that swings or slides open or shut the refrigerator door
3 : doorway

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