door·​way | \ ˈdȯr-ˌwā How to pronounce doorway (audio) \

Definition of doorway

1 : the opening that a door closes especially : an entrance into a building or room

Examples of doorway in a Sentence

Please don't block the doorway. She stepped through the doorway. He stood in the doorway, wondering if he should go in. Homeless people sleep in the doorways of the shops.
Recent Examples on the Web After members met in a closed session again Tuesday evening, board President Melissa Ford read a statement to a room so full of parents and teachers that many had to stand in the doorway. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Jimi Bailey remembers his mom standing next to the two men in the doorway of their Cleveland home, urging her son to go with them. Tara Bannow, STAT, 18 July 2022 Court records show that Lunnie and Lewis had gotten into a confrontation in the doorway of the Olive Street home where Lunnie's girlfriend and her baby lived. Arkansas Online, 24 June 2022 Rocky cautiously walked out of the trailer, then stood at the doorway of the quarantine cage, curiously looking around before stepping inside. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2022 Just inside the doorway is a small bar and kitchenette beneath another brick arch. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Kneel inside a doorway, with your mid-back touching the doorframe. Jay Dicharry, Outside Online, 26 Apr. 2021 At the same time, the camera from the building entry shows five women just inside the doorway arguing with another group standing outside. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Nov. 2020 The video shows the woman then crouching in a doorway with the tank. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of doorway

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Doorway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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door·​way | \ ˈdȯr-ˌwā How to pronounce doorway (audio) \

Kids Definition of doorway

: the opening or passage that a door closes

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