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 glass doors of the sub shop appeared to be cracked and plastic cups looked to be covering shell casings from the shooting. Phil Davis,, "Man dead, 2 women injured in triple shooting at Alameda shopping center in North Baltimore," 12 July 2019 Others are posting signs by doors inside their homes telling them what to do if ICE agents show up. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "ICE raids are looming. Panicked immigrants are skipping work, hiding out and bracing for the worst," 12 July 2019 But Jones said 85 percent of those that have been through SAFE’s doors have reported their assaults to police., "Tuscaloosa allocates $45,000 to sexual assault center," 12 July 2019 Both men fled the bar, and police recovered a gun clip with 15 bullets in it near the bar’s front door, a report says. Cory Shaffer,, "Woman charged with murder in Cleveland bar shooting reported shooting at her house weeks earlier," 12 July 2019 Furthermore, corruption cases typically involve public officials — meaning their involvement in Epstein’s case leaves the door open for elected or public officials to be implicated in the prosecution. Fox News, "What Jeffrey Epstein could face heading into trafficking trial," 12 July 2019 And when creators did exit, they were accosted by fans: Though the doors officially closed shortly after 10:15 p.m., crowds of fans hung around outside long afterward, hoping for a selfie with their favorite star. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "TikTok Stars Are Preparing to Take Over the Internet," 12 July 2019 Both of these movies feel left over from the world of Victorian children’s books, which often took great pains to illustrate for the little ones just how hard and grim life could be—orphaned children freezing on door stoops and the like. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Disney's New The Lion King Is Beautiful But Soulless," 11 July 2019 Fost, who lives with her family in Clackamas County, is met near the door by Ingwood, the restaurant’s 24-year-old executive chef, who walks her through a couple of small tweaks to the menu. Michael Russell,, "How restaurant inspectors determine which Portland kitchens pass – and fail – their inspections," 11 July 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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