door·​man | \ ˈdȯr-ˌman How to pronounce doorman (audio) , -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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Examples of doorman in a Sentence

we tipped the hotel doorman for getting us a cab
Recent Examples on the Web Kitchen doorman building where a family friend also had an apartment. Anne Kadet, WSJ, 29 June 2021 The doorman can’t stop them from going to their apartment. New York Times, 26 June 2021 Chelley says keeping capacity manageable is important to him, and a doorman on Friday-Saturday is a possibility. Ben Crandell,, 15 June 2021 Three days after New York loosened its restrictions, a doorman at Marie’s Crisis Cafe left his post at the front of the line to make an announcement. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 28 May 2021 All apartments in the building (which has a fitness center, a 24-hour doorman, and a playroom) have (at least) 9-foot ceilings. Matthew Sedacca, Curbed, 14 June 2021 And not only the Upper West Side, but a doorman building with an elevator, for $2,100 a month. New York Times, 11 June 2021 During the pandemic, Klein worked from home and had regular interactions only with two friends and the doorman for when her groceries got delivered. Gabrielle Russon,, 17 May 2021 Her husband Ali — tattooed and sporting a man-bun — is a doorman in a decrepit building near the American University of Beirut (AUB). CNN, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of doorman

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doorman was circa 1897

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6 Jul 2021

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“Doorman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce doorman (audio) , -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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