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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Other footage released in the case against Patrick McCaughey III, a Connecticut man charged with assault, show police wearing helmets and face shields gathered in a Capitol doorway as the crowd pushes aggressively forward and shouts at them. Alanna Durkin Richer,, 18 June 2021 Babbitt's fatal shooting occurred as a crowd pushed toward a doorway -- barricaded by chairs and guarded by Capitol Police -- that was the entrance to the Speaker's Lobby in the US Capitol. Holmes Lybrand, CNN, 16 June 2021 Monday morning, a glass doorway on the south side of the mall was paneled over and caution tape surrounded the entrance. Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2021 People saw photographs of old buildings shaken to bits, and the only thing left standing was a doorway. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 One man, Shane Jenkins, attacked officers guarding the doorway by throwing a series of different items, including a flagpole and a desk drawer, the government said. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, 27 May 2021 Cope made his way into the apartment and followed the homeowner to his bedroom and held him there by blocking the doorway while holding a canister of pepper spray for about 10 minutes. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 20 May 2021 Hits are created, careers are boosted, industry relationships are formed and the doorway to fame slowly begins to crack open. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 17 May 2021 As people walked through their days, hour by hour, errand by errand, some wondered at every new doorway: Mask or no mask? New York Times, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of doorway

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doorway was in 1666

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21 Jun 2021

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“Doorway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doorway

: the opening where a door is
: the space in front of a door


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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