door·​man | \ -ˌman , -mən\

Definition of doorman

: a usually uniformed attendant at the door of a building (such as a hotel or apartment building)

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Synonyms for doorman


doorkeeper, gatekeeper, janitor, porter [chiefly British]

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Examples of doorman in a Sentence

we tipped the hotel doorman for getting us a cab

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Ditto tips for hotel housekeepers, doormen, valets, baristas, and the like. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 For Otis, the five goals set by his mother included greeting the doorman, getting dressed in the morning with three prompts or fewer, being able to do five to six dance moves, walking 10 blocks without difficulty and trying three new foods. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Lab Tests Playing to Help Children With Autism," 26 Nov. 2018 The site noted that the AP was among a group of publications that had been investigating the ex-doorman’s tip. Jake Pearson And Jeff Horwitz,, "National Enquirer bought Trump doorman’s silence," 12 Apr. 2018 Emil Jannings is the hotel doorman whose life is ruined when he is shunted to semiretirement as a lavatory attendant and his beautiful uniform is taken away from him. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Architecture / Film / Foreign / On Video Check in, then check out these five iconic hotel movies," 16 May 2018 Every day, the doormen from the large co-op adjacent to our building water down the sidewalk area for at least 20 minutes. New York Times, "How Much Water Does It Really Take to Wash a Sidewalk?," 7 July 2018 Your doorman, dry cleaner, and superintendent (i.e. all of the people who make your life easier year-round) should be feeling the spirit of giving once a year too. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Your Ultimate Guide to Holiday Tipping," 12 Dec. 2018 Marc Benecke, the Studio’s original doorman, stood out front to first greet guests with the same cutthroat attitude of the heyday. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Ian Schrager Gives Advice on What Every Party Needs at the Studio 54 Documentary Premiere," 5 Oct. 2018 The Residence: This series will be based on The Residence, a nonfiction book about the goings-on inside the White House from the perspective of staff like maids, butlers, cooks, florists, and doormen. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "These Are the Eight Shows Shonda Rhimes Is Launching on Netflix," 21 July 2018

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First Known Use of doorman

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doorman

: a person (especially a man) whose job is to stand next to the main door of a building (such as a hotel or apartment building) and help people by opening the door, calling taxis, etc.


door·​man | \ ˈdȯr-ˌman , -mən\
plural doormen\ -​ˌmen \

Kids Definition of doorman

: a person whose job is to help people at the door of a building

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