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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web What's more, in the suburban town of Christiansburg, Virginia, the company has tested a flying delivery drone, developed with Wing, that drops small packages mere steps from a recipient's front door. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Cardboard Jungle: The Other Cost of All Those Packages We Order," 16 May 2020 Lago East Bank Head down to the restaurant's patio, near its front door in Cleveland's Flats East Bank. Marc Bona, cleveland, "50-plus Northeast Ohio restaurants opening today for patio-outdoor dining," 15 May 2020 Wilbur hobbled through the sliding doors, leaning on the cane. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the coronavirus came to San Francisco’s Bayview, it attacked the heart of the historically black neighborhood: the elders," 15 May 2020 The feeder features a magnetic door that dogs push open. Popular Science, "Reliable pet feeders for when you can’t make it home in time for dinner," 15 May 2020 Wipe down doors, moldings, and baseboards using the same process as above. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "If You Haven't Wiped Down Your Walls in a While, Now Is the Time To Do It," 15 May 2020 The beat-up car door that acted as a sign for Eastside Kitchenette still sways in the breeze under the awning of the little house in Government Hill. Mike Sutter,, "Here’s why San Antonio restaurants still may not survive coronavirus shutdowns, even with open dining rooms," 14 May 2020 Mr Li demonstrates the way that two small doors in each coffin lid would open to reveal the face of the deceased. The Economist, "Chaguan A small town in China makes half of Japan’s coffins," 14 May 2020 Hooks and a bench just inside the door create a drop zone for shoes and coats. Lacey Howard, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Custom She Shed Is a Tiny Getaway Filled with Cozy Cottage Details," 13 May 2020

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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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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


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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

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