door chain


a short chain with a removable slide fitting that can be attached between the inside of a door and the doorjamb to prevent the door from being opened more than a few inches without the chain being removed.

Origin of door chain

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for door chain

  • With something like a shudder she let down the door-chain, unbarred the bolts, and opened the door.

    The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
  • Natasha puts one end of the door-chain to a little hook in the door.

  • There was but one—the one that had been present when Uncle Mo was adjusting that door-chain.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan