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

Other Words from door

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

Synonyms for door


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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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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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29 Jun 2022

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\ 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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