door·​way ˈdȯr-ˌwā How to pronounce doorway (audio)
: 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 The mogul also posted a photo of one room inside her home transformed into the ‘Psalm Patrol’ with a white and bright green color scheme, fake slime on the floor and doorway and backpacks — just like the ones worn by the Ghostbusters team in the franchise — hanging up on a fake brick wall. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 According to a 2023 analysis of the 2011 American Housing Survey by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, less than 4% of U.S. homes combine single-floor living with no-step entry, and halls and doorways wide enough for wheelchairs. Anne D'innocenzio, Fortune, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for doorway 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Doorway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


door·​way -ˌwā How to pronounce doorway (audio)
: the opening or passage that a door closes
: a means of reaching or gaining something
the doorway to success

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