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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we tipped the hotel doorman for getting us a cab
Recent Examples on the Web A few minutes later, a doorman named Mustafa, a lanky, normally good-spirited chap, came running in. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "A blast like no other: Beirut explosion felt like an earthquake," 4 Aug. 2020 Building amenities include two parking spaces, a rooftop pool, a gym, a 24-hour doorman, and easy access to the beach. TheWeek, "6 beautiful homes in Fort Lauderdale," 20 June 2020 San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the night of the shooting that a group had been at one bar and then went across the street to the second bar where they were denied entry by a doorman. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Man arrested in shooting of eight people outside San Antonio bar," 19 June 2020 Manhattan is easier because most buildings have doormen who come out and take the packages from me. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "How an Edible Arrangements Delivery Worker Spends Her Sundays," 8 May 2020 The Dimensions of Grief Thank you for publishing Jonathan Blitzer’s beautiful eulogy for Juan Sanabria, a New York City doorman who passed away from COVID-19 (Postscript, April 20th). The New Yorker, "The Mail," 27 Apr. 2020 Jerman started working at the White House as a cleaner in 1957, rising to doorman and butler before retiring in 2012, his granddaughter, Jamila Garrett, told the station. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, White House staffer who served 11 presidents, dies of coronavirus at 91, family says," 21 May 2020 Building amenities include a 24-hour doorman and indoor pool., "Gold Coast penthouse with 47-foot terrace: $1.8M," 19 Nov. 2019 But because of some recent health issues, the 8-year-old lab is hanging up her leash to pursue a quieter life at home with her caretaker, doorman Michael Eades, and his family of four., "Now, Cori is greeting hotel guests.," 26 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Aug 2020

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“Doorman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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