door·​way | \ˈdȯr-ˌwā \

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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Citizens complained about the scooters blocking doorways and sidewalk ramps. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know about Bird electric scooters," 21 June 2018 Some of the décors include doorways and screens without being intrusive. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018 The graduates soon filed into the auditorium, girls through one doorway and boys through another, and took their seats in groups of white and green. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Coventry High School Graduates 118," 3 July 2018 The council likely will regulate where the scooters can be parked, requiring them to be kept away from areas such as ramps and doorways. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Now that electric scooters are all over Indianapolis, they're not going away," 28 June 2018 The entryway, for example, may need a resurfaced path to reduce trip hazards, improved lighting, railings on the stairs, or a ramp and wider doorway for a wheelchair. Jane E. Brody, charlotteobserver, "How to age well and stay in your home," 27 June 2018 Steven's security guard stood blocking the doorway and only moved when Steven motioned to him. Leora Arnowitz, Fox News, "Steven Seagal accusers detail rape, sexual assault allegations against actor," 19 Mar. 2018 My mother, backlit in the doorway, gestured with a sweep of the hand to present the inaugural view. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 The statue depicts Percy leaning in a doorway, a metaphoric gateway into the author's world. Kim Chatelain,, "Novelist Walker Percy appears in Covington's Bogue Falaya Park," 1 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of doorway

: the opening where a door is

: the space in front of a door


door·​way | \ˈdȯr-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of doorway

: the opening or passage that a door closes

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