noun, often attributive
\ ˈdȯr How to pronounce door (audio) \

Definition of door

1 : a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened also : a similar part of a piece of furniture
2 : doorway
3 : a means of access or participation : opportunity opens new doors door to success
4 doors plural : the designated time at which the doors at a performance venue (such as a theater) are opened to admit attendees Doors are at 8, and music starts with Garrett Owen's set at 9pm.— Steve Steward
at one's door
: as a charge against one as being responsible laid the blame at our door

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Other Words from door

doorless \ ˈdȯr-​ləs How to pronounce doorless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for door


gate, hatch, portal

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Examples of door in a Sentence

I heard a knock on the door. Please don't block the door. I peeked through the open door. He stood at the door.
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Shangri-La is a tough place to check out of, but the Warriors leave it with their heads up, vowing to return, and on their way out the door, giving full credit to the Toronto Raptors. Scott Ostler,, "For Warriors, is this the end of a dream or just a rude interruption?," 13 June 2019 As his car pulled up into the driveway, Becky saw him and ran to the door and opened it. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Two brothers, hockey players, dead on same day of opioid overdose," 13 June 2019 Snyder retired after an elite career leading the program, opening the door for the school to hire Klieman. Matt Murschel,, "2019 College Football Rankings: Kansas State to kick off new era without Bill Snyder," 13 June 2019 At least three sheriffs found ways to take home public money on their way out the door. Connor Sheets |,, "After losing reelection, these Alabama sheriffs took it out on their successors - and the public," 12 June 2019 When the woman refused, Lewis forced his way through the front door and tried to rape her, the news release said. Robert Rhoden,, "Slidell-area man tried to rape ex-girlfriend: sheriff," 12 June 2019 The animal caused quite a bit of damage before police were able to herd it out the door. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Bodycam video: Why burglar wouldn’t ‘show us your hands’," 7 June 2019 Vanderpump has had one foot out the door for some time now. Tyler Aquilina,, "Lisa Vanderpump leaving The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after 9 seasons," 7 June 2019 But this thoughtfulness goes sideways and scampers out the door at around 20 minutes into the movie, when Jean can no longer contain the power that she’s absorbed. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Dark Phoenix is a joyless retelling of the X-Men’s most famous story," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of door

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for door

Middle English dure, dor, from Old English duru door & dor gate; akin to Old High German turi door, Latin fores, Greek thyra

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The first known use of door was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of door

: a movable piece of wood, glass, or metal that swings or slides open and shut so that people can enter or leave a room, building, vehicle, etc.
: a part of an object (such as piece of furniture or an appliance) that swings or slides open and shut
: the opening for a door : the entrance to a room or building


\ ˈdȯr How to pronounce door (audio) \

Kids Definition of door

1 : a usually swinging or sliding frame or barrier by which an entrance (as into a house) is closed and opened
2 : a part of a piece of furniture that swings or slides open or shut the refrigerator door
3 : doorway

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to take the place or position of

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