[ dawr, dohr ]
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  1. a movable, usually solid, barrier for opening and closing an entranceway, cupboard, cabinet, or the like, commonly turning on hinges or sliding in grooves.

  2. a doorway: to go through the door.

  1. the building, house, etc., to which a door belongs: My friend lives two doors down the street.

  2. any means of approach, admittance, or access: the doors to learning.

  3. any gateway marking an entrance or exit from one place or state to another: at heaven's door.

Idioms about door

  1. lay at someone's door, to hold someone accountable for; blame; impute.

  2. leave the door open, to allow the possibility of accommodation or change; be open to reconsideration: The boss rejected our idea but left the door open for discussing it again next year.

  1. lie at someone's door, to be the responsibility of; be imputable to: One's mistakes often lie at one's own door.

  2. show someone the door, to request or order someone to leave; dismiss: She resented his remark and showed him the door.

Origin of door

First recorded before 900; Middle English dore, Old English duru “door,” dor “gate”; akin to German Tür, Old Norse dyrr, Greek thýra, Latin foris, Old Irish dorus, Old Chursh Slavonic dvĭrĭ

Other words from door

  • doorless, adjective
  • half-door, adjective, noun

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How to use door in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for door


/ (dɔː) /

    • a hinged or sliding panel for closing the entrance to a room, cupboard, etc

    • (in combination): doorbell; doorknob

  1. a doorway or entrance to a room or building

  1. a means of access or escape: a door to success

  2. early doors British informal esp sport at an early stage

  3. lay at someone's door to lay (the blame or responsibility) on someone

  4. out of doors in or into the open air

  5. show someone the door to order someone to leave

Origin of door

Old English duru; related to Old Frisian dure, Old Norse dyrr, Old High German turi, Latin forēs, Greek thura

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Other Idioms and Phrases with door


see at death's door; at one's door; back door; beat a path to someone's door; behind closed doors; close the door on; darken one's door; foot in the door; keep the wolf from the door; lay at someone's door; leave the door open; lock the barn door; next door to; open doors; open the door to; see someone out (to the door); show someone out (to the door); show someone the door.

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