[dawr-wey, dohr-]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doorway

Contemporary Examples of doorway

Historical Examples of doorway

  • 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.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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


    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



an opening into a building, room, etc, esp one that has a door
a means of access or escapea doorway to freedom
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Word Origin and History for doorway

1799, from door + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper