door·​man ˈdȯr-ˌman How to pronounce doorman (audio)
: a usually uniformed attendant at the door of a building (such as a hotel or apartment building)

Examples of doorman in a Sentence

we tipped the hotel doorman for getting us a cab
Recent Examples on the Web As the hotel’s doorman, complete with top hat and tails, opens the door to its opulent lobby and a piano player tinkles keys in the distance, that dream solidifies into reality. Rob Ledonne, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Mar. 2024 There stood a doorman, grinning, Ringo in his arms. David Frum, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 The five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate appears ready for a horse and carriage to pull up to a doorman waiting on a driveway of stone pavers. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Residents of each tower are treated to an on-site garage, a full-time doorman, and a bank of six elevators. Mark David, Robb Report, 12 Sep. 2023 The two thieves slammed her up against the side of the building, hassling her and rifling through her belongings before the doorman came outside. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 8 Feb. 2024 It’s got three bedrooms — including a primary suite with a walk-in closet and en-suite bath — and three baths in total, and is one of just 11 residences in a luxury boutique building, which boasts a 24-hour doorman. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2024 The top Republican lawmaker then quickly offered his own point of personal privilege to talk about the House doorman’s birthday. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 5 Mar. 2024 The building has a 24-hour doorman—unusual for London—and is within walking distance to the city’s best private members’ clubs, luxury hotels, shopping, and Hyde Park. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 23 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doorman was circa 1897

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“Doorman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


door·​man -ˌman How to pronounce doorman (audio)
: a person who tends a door (as of a hotel) and assists people (as by calling taxis)

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