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 His easy, casual air, leaning in the doorway, scuffing the sole of his boot against the floor. Hari Kunzru, The New Yorker, "A Transparent Woman," 29 June 2020 Zapantis is in the doorway, partially obscured from view by the officers and an overhanging roof. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, "Bipolar man with a sword dies after being tased by NYPD," 25 June 2020 The cedar doorway is assessible for those with disabilities. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Fairies ‘take residence’ in cluster of tiny homes in Friendswood park," 22 June 2020 There is no way to re-experience the car crash without traveling through the doorway of memory. Popular Science, "Your kids aren’t growing up too quickly, but your brain sure thinks they are," 20 June 2020 He can be seen raising his right hand out the door, briefly, before the doorway obscures his arm. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Did David McAtee shoot at Louisville officers before they killed him? What we know so far," 4 June 2020 In the doorway appeared a flame-haired apparition in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat, a cigarette dangling from her lips. Guy Trebay,, "Roberto Faraone Mennella, jewelry innovator, 48," 11 June 2020 Officers found Martin unresponsive and laying in the doorway of the home at 5 p.m. Sunday. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Fatal Birmingham shooting ruled justifiable; no charges: Police," 10 June 2020 The bullet that killed David McAtee in the doorway of his West End barbecue business June 1 was fired by a Kentucky National Guard member, state officials said Tuesday. Sarah Brookbank,, "Floyd brother to testify, DeWine says defunding police 'absurd', no-knock warrants - protest updates," 10 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Doorway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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