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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. 2018.
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  • He made a gesture toward the doorman, and added: "Take 'em back!"

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He pressed the button on his desk, and, as the doorman appeared, addressed that functionary.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He pressed the button-call, and ordered the doorman to send in Cassidy.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • “If any one rings me up, get the name,” he ordered the doorman.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • Carruthers nodded to the doorman and they were admitted into a marble hallway.

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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