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[dawr-man, -muh n, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌmæn, -mən, ˈdoʊr-/
noun, plural doormen
[dawr-men, -muh n, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌmɛn, -mən, ˈdoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
the door attendant of an apartment house, nightclub, etc., who acts as doorkeeper and may perform minor services for entering and departing residents or guests.
Origin of doorman
First recorded in 1855-60; door + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The doorman looked straight ahead and managed to keep his solemn countenance under control.

    The Southerner Thomas Dixon
  • He pressed the button-call, and ordered the doorman to send in Cassidy.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I came in to dine here, and told the doorman to send you to me in case you should turn up.

    An Artist in Crime Rodrigues Ottolengui
  • “If any one rings me up, get the name,” he ordered the doorman.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • She reached the Charteris Theater, and a doorman gave her access to the dim interior.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for doorman


/ˈdɔːˌmæn; -mən/
noun (pl) -men
a man employed to attend the doors of certain buildings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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