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

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Examples of doorman in a Sentence

we tipped the hotel doorman for getting us a cab

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Reporters for the National Enquirer got a tip from Dino Sajudin, a former doorman of a Trump building, that Trump may have fathered a child out of wedlock back in the 1980s with a former employee of his. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "A theory on why the FBI raided Michael Cohen," 12 Apr. 2018 That means keeping the area free of dirt, debris, snow and ice, which might explain why the doormen are such avid street washers. New York Times, "How Much Water Does It Really Take to Wash a Sidewalk?," 7 July 2018 The new entrance made for a scenic start to the soiree, as the great and the good from our treasured city were greeted by handsomely dressed Harrods doormen who escorted us toward the magnificent John Madejski Garden within the museum. Vogue, "The Victoria and Albert Museum Hosts Its Lavish Summer Garden Party," 21 June 2018 There's a very private Valley Wing that's popular with visiting politicos and business leaders, but its general air of over-the-topness—a whiff of old money, doormen meant to look like Tibetan warriors—likely appeals to the Trump contingent. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Singapore Trump and Kim Are Seeing," 11 June 2018 Upon arrival, guests meet a doorman at the entrance on Adams Street. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Pay to play: Members-only bar and club opens in downtown Phoenix," 12 June 2018 And now, another ultra-recognizable face (and uniform) on the San Francisco scene: Tom Sweeney, doorman at the Sir Francis Drake for some 42 years, has announced plans to retire in 2020. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "KRON-TV alums throw “family” reunion," 16 May 2018 For much of the summer of 1967, Scott, whose nickname was Bill, earned $25 a night as doorman at his dad’s club, letting people in and trying to keep police out. Detroit Free Press, "He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy," 15 May 2018 The cape arrived in a huge cardboard box that required the assistance of my doorman to carry into my apartment. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Story Behind Hamish Bowles’s One-of-Kind Met Gala Look from Valentino Haute Couture," 8 May 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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