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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Agents blocked the doorway and checked every person's documents before allowing them to leave, according to the suit. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Customs officers barred from randomly checking papers on domestic flights," 11 July 2019 Slouching employees smoke in doorways; waiters clear outdoor tables. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, "This Is Pleasure," 8 July 2019 At least once a day, our Backroads group would roll up to a cafe, walk our sweaty selves through the doorway’s obligatory curtain of beads and order two, sometimes three cups of the refreshing sweet treat. Lori Rackl,, "The honeymoon’s not over: A return to Sicily uncovers new reasons to fall in love with this alluring island," 8 July 2019 Alleged pet lovers are sealing off doorways with the stuff, luring their pets to run face-first into it, and filming the results. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "Revolutionary airports, viral nuts, plastic wrap, and more from the week online," 5 July 2019 After hearing gunshots coming from inside the business, officers attempted to enter but were blocked by patrons trying to escape, some who were lodged against each other and stuck in the exit doorway. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stampede erupts after shooting at Kenosha bar," 1 July 2019 Regular Blue Star visitors may notice something very different about the doorway leading into the gallery. Deborah Martin,, "Blue Star Contemporary exhibit ‘Fünf’ spotlights Berlin residency," 21 June 2019 Instead, the gunman began to fire into one of the building's glass doorways in the direction of the metal detectors and security guards inside. Author: Sharon Grigsby, Anchorage Daily News, "Dallas photographer on encounter with masked gunman: ‘If he walks past me and sees me, he’s going to shoot me’," 18 June 2019 Instead, the gunman began to fire into one of the building’s glass doorways in the direction of the metal detectors and security guards inside. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Photographer Tom Fox on encounter with Dallas gunman: 'He's going to look at me around that corner' and shoot," 17 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce doorway (audio) \

Kids Definition of doorway

: the opening or passage that a door closes

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