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
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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doorless \ ˈdȯr-​ləs How to pronounce doorless (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 Gowns are washed after every use, hairdressing stations and equipment are disinfected regularly, and hand sanitizer is available at the door and throughout the salon, including in the bathroom. Jacqueline Kilikita,, "I Had My First Post-Lockdown Haircut — Here’s Everything You Need To Know," 14 July 2020 The suspect met the officers at the door and shot them, police say, and then died by suicide when being confronted by police after the incident. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 12 July 2020 The person was a suspect of the incident, met our officers at the door, and shot at both officers. oregonlive, "2 Texas policemen killed without warning; suspect kills self," 12 July 2020 Customers will be asked to wear masks, when possible, and masks will be available at the door before entering. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, "New Trader Joe's store opens Friday in north Tempe," 11 July 2020 While the event has been going strong for more than three decades, 2020 is the first year that the muscle cars and memorabilia will be paired with mandatory masks and temperature checks at the door. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Despite coronavirus, Mecum's Indianapolis event will be biggest yet. Here's what to know.," 11 July 2020 In the clip, Winfrey greeted King at the front door with her arms open wide for a hug. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King Hug for the First Time After Testing Negative for Coronavirus: 'Welcome!'," 10 July 2020 Some, like Target, are placing security guards at the door in areas where masks are legally required. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "US retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks," 9 July 2020 Customers will have their temperature taken at the door as a safety precaution, as the restaurant recently reopened after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Locally owned restaurants to support in Grapevine during the COVID-19 outbreak," 9 July 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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

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