door·​step | \ -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 would be a relatively inexpensive—and less inflammatory—option than placing permanent U.S. military bases directly on Russia’s doorstep while still supporting regional allies. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Having Trouble With Its 'Base in a Box'," 2 Jan. 2019 Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people’s doorsteps by now. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Where are the drone deliveries? Amazon’s customers are still waiting," 3 Dec. 2018 With summer on the Sacramento region's doorstep and temperatures set to soar, Regal Cinemas is giving parents and kids a chance to take a break from the heat and watch a movie – for a dollar. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Looking for a low-cost way to entertain the kids this summer? Regal Cinemas offering $1 tickets," 20 June 2018 The news wasn't the news until the morning Republic landed on doorsteps or the afternoon Gazette hit the streets. azcentral, "Don Bolles murder reverberates 42 years later in a changed world," 1 June 2018 So now, for Oregon State (44-10-1) with eight returning position players and five top returning pitchers, having the Tigers delivered to the Beavers' doorstep by the NCAA Tournament selection committee is a dream come true. Ron Higgins,, "LSU feels it has nothing to lose in its NCAA regional journey up the Oregon Trail," 31 May 2018 Publix also does doorstep alcohol and beverage delivery through Instacart and services such and Drizly also delivers spirits and beverages. Kyle Arnold,, ""Alexa, bring me a cold one:' Amazon introduces 2-hour beer, wine delivery in Orlando," 23 May 2018 Serve is a four-wheeled autonomous robot that’s designed to navigate city sidewalks on its quest to deliver goods to your doorstep. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Postmates’ new autonomous robot wants to deliver your sushi," 17 Dec. 2018 With Amazon Prime, shoppers can opt for two-day shipping to get a great outfit to their doorstep way before children arrive asking for candy and chocolate. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "15 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Get on Amazon ASAP," 26 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'doorstep.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of doorstep

1767, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about doorstep

Statistics for doorstep

Last Updated

10 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for doorstep

The first known use of doorstep was in 1767

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for doorstep



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on doorstep

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with doorstep

Spanish Central: Translation of doorstep

Nglish: Translation of doorstep for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of doorstep for Arabic Speakers

Comments on doorstep

What made you want to look up doorstep? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!