[ en-tree-wey ]
/ ˈɛn triˌweɪ /
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a passage for affording entrance.
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Origin of entryway

An Americanism dating back to 1740–50; entry + way1
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What is an entryway?

An entryway is a passage or room designed to be the entrance to a building.

Entryway can also describe a figurative entrance, such as an entrance into a conversation, as in Because the twins never paused for breath while they were talking, I couldn’t find an entryway into their conversation.

Example: Take this tank through the entryway of the fish store, and I’ll meet you around back with the animals.

Where does entryway come from?

The first records of the term entryway come from around 1740. It is an Americanism that combines the terms entry, describing “the act of entering,” and way, meaning “a path.”

Literal entryways come in all shapes and sizes. It can be a simple doorway that allows you to enter a building, a broad space with many entry points, like the side of a mall, or a large room that leads to the rest of the building.

A figurative entryway is usually a way to break into a conversation politely. In a discussion, you might listen for a specific phrase that would be your entryway to discussing something else.

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What are some other forms related to entryway?

  • entryways (plural noun)

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How is entryway used in real life?

Entryway is a common term for an entrance.



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Is entryway used correctly in the following sentence?

No one could enter the building because Cloe and Tia stood in the entryway chatting and blocking the entrance.

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