door·​step | \ ˈdȯr-ˌstep How to pronounce doorstep (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web This made the limitations of the glorified position that has thrived in cities such as Amsterdam and Berlin seem as if only a title that promised us the world, but didn’t even keep strong what already stood on our doorsteps. Leah Connolly, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: London," 9 Jan. 2020 Cue the Full Focus Planner — a crisp 300-page volume that arrived on my doorstep every three months. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, "My New Year’s resolution to be more organized turned into a methodical nightmare," 1 Jan. 2020 While the Kims are celebrating their newfound success, Moon-gwang suddenly appears on their doorstep in the pouring rain. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The 10 Best Movie Scenes of the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 Theft: Glenway Drive A Brook Park man, 43, was arrested at about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5 after he was caught stealing a package, containing a Hewlett Packard Chromebook, from the doorstep of a home on Glenway. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Sex trafficking victim seeks help in hotel; unwanted guest asked to leave hotel: Brook Park police blotter," 20 Dec. 2019 Losers Utah The Utes went from the doorstep of the national semifinals to out of the New Year's Six entirely after losing to Oregon. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from the final College Football Playoff rankings," 8 Dec. 2019 Bears fans, Amazon Prime wants to deliver something to you Thursday night that can’t be stolen from your doorstep. Phil Rosenthal,, "Don’t want Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for the Bears-Cowboys game? Hey Alexa, have Amazon Prime Video deliver Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer.," 4 Dec. 2019 Once fully implemented on Wednesday the outages will span from the doorstep of Silicon Valley to the foothills of the Sierra., "Power lines owned by PG&E were blamed for several large wildfires in recent years, with strong winds and untrimmed vegetation hastening the damage.," 10 Oct. 2019 Those who can’t get their garbage and recycling to the curb for medical reasons can apply for back-door service, in which the driver picks trash up from the doorstep. Brooke Baitinger,, "Fuming over ‘gigantic’ 96-gallon trash cans in Palm Beach County? So are your neighbors.," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of doorstep

1767, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doorstep was in 1767

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doorstep.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce doorstep (audio) \

Kids Definition of doorstep

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

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