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 doorless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for door


gate, hatch, portal

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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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The ship’s dilemma is becoming the new normal as European governments increasingly shut their doors to migrants. Washington Post, "Rescue ships stranded in Med as Europe fails to respond," 10 Aug. 2019 One business that stood on land bought by Google, the Kearney Pattern Works and Foundry, closed its doors this year after a century of operations that mirrored the dramatic shifts in the nation’s industrial base over the 10 decades. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Google widens downtown San Jose holdings, scoops up another property," 9 Aug. 2019 Sears at Security Square Mall will shut its doors — with a going-out-of-business sale expected to start next week — part of the troubled department store chain’s latest round of store closures. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Sears will close Security Square Mall store," 8 Aug. 2019 The house itself may no longer stand, but in her book Ms Broom proudly opens its doors. The Economist, "A memoir of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina," 8 Aug. 2019 The wholesale mega-store holds a reputation for shutting its doors on Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Here’s a Rundown of Costco’s Holiday Hours for 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 Many of her current athletes play indoor and need a place to play, but these players will only have one indoor complex to use in the county when Four Seasons closes its doors. Megan Woodward,, "Field Hockey: ‘Time to change’ for skills and conditioning camp due to pending closure of Four Seasons," 7 Aug. 2019 Walnut Grove Elementary School, sprouting from gorgeous rolling fields in Bargersville, about 30 minutes south of Indianapolis, will open its doors for the first day of school Tuesday morning. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "A slide, solar panels and tons of natural light: Peek inside the coolest new elementary school," 6 Aug. 2019 Animal shelter workers dream about days when people like Leslie Sacks walk through their doors. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Woman Asks to Adopt Two Shelter Dogs That “Have Been Here the Longest, with the Most Special Needs”," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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