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doorway

[dawr-wey, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌweɪ, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
the passage or opening into a building, room, etc., commonly closed and opened by a door; portal.
2.
a means of access:
a doorway to success.
Origin of doorway
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; door + way1
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  • At the doorway she gave him her hand, which he took in silence.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Philip, after a moment's hesitation, followed her, and paused in the doorway.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Weary and restless with vain waiting, they looked from the doorway at the weather.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Emma appeared in the doorway, her eyebrows elevated in astonishment.

  • Cissy sent her a look, a signal, and rose; she stood by the doorway.

British Dictionary definitions for doorway

doorway

/ˈdɔːˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an opening into a building, room, etc, esp one that has a door
2.
a means of access or escape: a doorway to freedom
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Word Origin and History for doorway
n.

1799, from door + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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