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[dawr-wey, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌweɪ, ˈdoʊr-/
the passage or opening into a building, room, etc., commonly closed and opened by a door; portal.
a means of access:
a doorway to success.
Origin of doorway
First recorded in 1790-1800; door + way1 Unabridged
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  • The doorway of Malmesbury Church has eight arches, recessed one within the other.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The two halted for a moment at the doorway of the hut and gazed out.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • In the doorway of the dining room she paused to look back at the veranda.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • "No, I am afraid not," said Nancy as they stood in the doorway.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Her daughter was waiting for us in the doorway when we reached the house.

    The Forsaken Inn Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for doorway


an opening into a building, room, etc, esp one that has a door
a means of access or escape: a doorway to freedom
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for doorway

1799, from door + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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