front door

  1. the main entrance to a house or other building, usually facing a street.
  2. Informal. anything offering the best, most direct, or most straightforward approach to a place, situation, objective, etc.

Origin of front door

First recorded in 1740–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for front door

Historical Examples of front door

  • But Von Holzen saved him by ringing the front-door bell at that moment.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • The welcome crash of wheels at last, and the sound of the front-door bell.

  • Miss Jemima took the cards, and “Cobbler” Horn made for the front-door.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth

  • With a little scream, she ran out at the front-door, and caught him by the arm.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth

  • "We don't know where it is," said Robin, and he rang the front-door bell.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales

    Juliana Horatia Ewing

British Dictionary definitions for front door

front door

  1. the main entrance to a house
  2. an open legitimate means of obtaining a job, position, etcto get in by the front door
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