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

Example Sentences

I heard a knock on the door. Please don't block the door. I peeked through the open door. He stood at the door.
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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 8 Feb. 2023.

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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