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 was a rare open doorway on a sunny weekday; the sweet shop next door, a pizzeria, an ice cream shop and another gift shop down the sidewalk were all dark. Washington Post, "Virginia Beach merchants fret over beach closures as Memorial Day approaches," 13 May 2020 Wood beams and arched doorways touch up the living spaces, which include a salon, wine cellar, movie theater and spacious kitchen with a massive center island. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Dwyane Wade trims $2.5 million off his Miami Beach mansion," 7 May 2020 That allows more time to raise the funds needed to move and rebuild the doorway. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Brunswick Historical Society sets opening day for farmers markets," 7 May 2020 The other photo shows them dressed more formally, standing in a wooden doorway. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Erin Napier Shares a Touching Tribute to Her Late Grandmother," 5 May 2020 If a doorway, the discovery could represent a previously unknown entrance to Caernarfon’s gate house, a building that controlled access to the town. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Remnants of 13th-Century Town Walls Unearthed in Wales," 20 Mar. 2020 The 43-year-old man was shot in the head at approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday in the store's doorway, according to a report from MLive. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Flint security guard dies after being shot in the head, police say," 2 May 2020 The cameraman continues walking as Stern enters the room, but stops when Jordan’s broad frame fills up the doorway. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, "Michael Jordan, the NBA’s Savior During the Pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020 Simple hook-and-loop-type fasteners to secure window closures and zipperless doorways are a plus. The Editors, Field & Stream, "4 Keys to Selecting Your Next Ground Blind," 2 Apr. 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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

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