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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Narrow doorways are problematic for people of all ages, but especially for people with limited mobility. Brenda Richardson, The Seattle Times, "Design for living: Modifications can remove the obstacles to aging in place," 3 Sep. 2018 Every single shop doorway was a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room for some homeless person. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Tony Nominee Glenda Jackson Wants to Knock on Doors for New York Governor Candidate Cynthia Nixon," 23 May 2018 The team sergeant dragged the Afghan to the doorway of the cookhouse and handed him over to an Afghan combat medic. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 An arrow, also apparently projected on the building, points to the arched doorway. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Vulgarity used by president projected onto Trump hotel in D.C.," 13 Jan. 2018 About 15 of the 20 cones dotted the pavement at the bar's doorstep while another three sat in a decorative bathtub next to the doorway. Laura Mcknight,, "Woman shot on Jonquil Street: NOPD," 15 Nov. 2017 The men and women living in doorways and tents around my apartment building need stable roofs over their heads and a path toward sustainable lives, not spaceships. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s Bezos needs to tackle poverty as boldly as he talks about space," 8 Oct. 2018 Don't block hallways, doorways or exits with your costume. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Phoenix Comic Fest guide: Here's how to navigate the event like a superhero," 16 May 2018 Years down the line, brides rarely think about the photos of their gowns hanging in a doorway, or a close-up of a napkin ring. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Be Daring at Your Wedding," 18 Oct. 2016

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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