often attributive
: a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened
also : a similar part of a piece of furniture
: a means of access or participation : opportunity
opens new doors
door to success
doors plural : the designated time at which the doors at a performance venue (such as a theater) are opened to admit attendees
Doors are at 8, and music starts with Garrett Owen's set at 9pm.Steve Steward
doorless adjective
at one's door
: as a charge against one as being responsible
laid the blame at our door

Examples of door in a Sentence

I heard a knock on the door. Please don't block the door. I peeked through the open door. He stood at the door.
Recent Examples on the Web In the months following the cut-off of this funding, child care providers have been forced to close their doors. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10 Apr. 2024 But, Reed resists rolling down other windows, unlocking his doors and the situation escalates. Michael Loria, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 They were forced to bang on the doors until a janitor let them into the building. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 Alaska Airlines and United Airlines — the two U.S. carriers that fly the Max 9 — also reported finding loose bolts and other hardware in other panels, suggesting that quality issues with the door plugs were not limited to one plane. David Hamilton, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2024 Sommeliers in the Yarra Valley wineries and cellar doors gave me the best lessons in figuring out my wine palate. Mitti Hicks, Essence, 10 Apr. 2024 When deputies Vega and Miramontes approached the front door, video showed one of them calling out to the 25-year-old, who was sitting on the living room couch. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 In under an hour, seven hundred and fifty soldiers from the National Guard were at my door with glue traps and sealant. Charlie Dektar, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2024 On March 28, the woman heard banging at the front screen door of her home in the Grand Palm Community in Venice, FOX 13 reported. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Middle English dure, dor, from Old English duru door & dor gate; akin to Old High German turi door, Latin fores, Greek thyra

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of door was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈdō(ə)r How to pronounce door (audio)
: a barrier by which an entry is closed and opened
also : a similar part of a piece of furniture

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