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 There’s no time to sit around and wait for this decision to arrive on our doorstep. Julia Musto, Fox News, 22 June 2022 Oh, and the ghostly version of Benji who shows up on her doorstep. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 Offering an island escape away from the hustle and bustle of city life is what will attract guests who can find a taste of the tropics on their doorstep. Melanie Swan, CNN, 2 June 2022 Another summertime on Cape Cod dawns on his doorstep. Thomas Farragher,, 27 May 2022 For years, President Vladimir V. Putin has viewed the expansion of NATO as an existential threat that would leave Russia hemmed in with Western missiles on its doorstep. Marc Santora, New York Times, 14 May 2022 Naukati’s residents now watch excavators and logging trucks clear large swaths of trees on their doorstep faster than ever before. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 Boxes of dates and prayer mats arrived on their doorstep, gifts from friends. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 Of course, this is also the perfect base from which to explore the beauty on your doorstep. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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30 Jun 2022

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“Doorstep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for doorstep


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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Nglish: Translation of doorstep for Spanish Speakers

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