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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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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Haoui Montaug, a doorman at popular New York clubs like Studio 54 and Palladium, was seen as a fixture in New York nightlife in the '70s and '80s, Meyer said. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "'I saw every single person I ever knew die': Louisville artist honors early AIDS victims," 18 June 2019 One night while sitting alone in her apartment worrying about Con's fidelity, Emer is visited by a little Irish doorman. Ron Charles,, "As a novelist, David Duchovny is no Sean Penn," 3 May 2018 Some of the officers were discussing with a doorman the schedule of mail deliveries to the home. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Police Patrol George Soros’s Buildings After Explosive Device Found at His Suburban Home," 23 Oct. 2018 Sanchez, 55, runs a home day care — Mundo de Fantasias — for nine children with the help of her husband, who serves as chef and doorman. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "D.C. motions to dismiss lawsuit over its controversial education requirements for child-care workers," 21 June 2018 Meyers shared a photo of the New York Fire Department personnel who arrived and thanked them, as well as the New York Police Department, their midwife, family members and their building's doorman. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Seth Meyers' son born in apartment lobby," 10 Apr. 2018 Listing broker William Raveis Real Estate A 1,079-square-foot condo with southern exposure, an open kitchen with granite counters, and a master bedroom with an en suite bath, in a doorman building with a gym. New York Times, "Homes That Sold for Around $1,500,000," 8 July 2018 Many such dwellings are run like regular apartment buildings, with doormen and residents paying monthly fees. Peter Prengaman And Sarah Dilorenzo,, "Sao Paulo high rise collapses after fire; at least 1 dead," 1 May 2018 Many such dwellings are run like regular apartment buildings, with doormen and residents paying monthly fees. Washington Post, "‘Occupied’ Sao Paulo high rise collapses amid fire, 1 dead," 1 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 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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