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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Choose from a wealth of plans—vegan, gluten-free, keto—for a fuss-free entrée at your doorstep. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 New Healthy Meal-Delivery Programs, Just In Time for Summer," 11 July 2018 Last week, Amazon rolled out two-hour delivery of select beer and wine to doorsteps in San Antonio and other Texas cities via its $119-a-year Prime Now delivery service. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "H-E-B launches free one-hour beer and wine delivery for summer," 29 June 2018 Amazon is delivering beer and wine through its same-day and two-hour Prime Now delivery program starting Wednesday, joining a competitive field trying to bring alcoholic drinks straight to doorsteps in Central Florida. Kyle Arnold,, ""Alexa, bring me a cold one:' Amazon introduces 2-hour beer, wine delivery in Orlando," 23 May 2018 Here’s Uber’s promise: Order your food and it will be delivered to your doorstep in a mere five to 30 minutes. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Technology Week," 19 May 2018 Phipps, positioned behind the cage, fed a crashing Clingerman at the doorstep. Kyle Mcfadden, Howard County Times, "Late goal lifts Marriotts Ridge boys lacrosse past Southern for 2A South region title," 17 May 2018 Israel has warned Iran, which is allied with the Syrian government, against building up a military presence on its doorstep. Ian Deitch, Fox News, "Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria," 12 July 2018 Abshir Warsame, co-owner of popular Juba Restaurant and Café, can see the complex from his doorstep. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "South King County tries to ride the development wave. Will an immigrant community be crushed?," 9 June 2018 Local folklore about Maisie’s maternal ancestors keeps strangers away from their doorstep. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Science fiction and fantasy books: ‘Belly Up,’ ‘What Should Be Wild,’ ‘84K’," 7 June 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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