door·​step | \-ˌstep \

Definition of doorstep 

: a step before an outer door

on one's doorstep

: close at hand especially : too close to be overlooked

Examples of doorstep in a Sentence

We sat on the doorstep. The police were at my doorstep.

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In 2013, Acne Studios opened a short drive from Dover Street Market’s new doorstep. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Los Angeles Is a Fashion Wasteland. Can One Store Change That?," 5 Nov. 2018 The Humble Monthly bundle, which delivers a package of games to your virtual doorstep every month for $12. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The $12 Humble WB Games Classics Bundle brings the hits with Batman, Mad Max, and Mordor," 24 Oct. 2018 According to Yahoo Lifestyle, Stidham reportedly shared an image of three Guatemalan girls sitting on a doorstep with the hashtag #guatsuplularoe. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "LuLaRoe’s Founder Is Being Accused of Making “White Privilege” Comments About Guatemalan Culture," 2 Oct. 2018 Hirshland arrives at the USOC’s doorstep the way most men have shown up at these kinds of jobs over the years: well-recommended by powerful leaders, with loads of experience in the sports business world. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Beleaguered USOC chooses fresh start in its pick for CEO," 12 July 2018 And, as part of Brava's launch this fall, the company plans to offer a food delivery service that drops ready-to-cook items onto your doorstep. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018 Two Prince William County-area police agencies are investigating fliers that appear to have been left by hate groups over the weekend on residents’ doorsteps and in public spaces. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "Hate-group fliers appear in Prince William County," 9 July 2018 By the Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Rowles and Sergeant Carter were at the Byrd family’s doorstep. New York Times, "In Texas, a Decades-Old Hate Crime, Forgiven but Never Forgotten," 9 July 2018 Survivors of the attack stayed on the job that afternoon and evening, filing stories and photographs from the back of a pickup truck and getting the paper onto its subscribers’ doorsteps the following morning and every morning since. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs,, "American Society of News Editors calls for global moment of silence to honor Capital Gazette shooting victims," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of doorstep

1767, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doorstep

: a step or series of steps leading up to one of the doors that is used to enter or leave a building


door·​step | \ˈdȯr-ˌstep \

Kids Definition of doorstep

: a step or a series of steps in front of an outside door

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