Definition of doorway in US English:



  • An entrance to a room or building through a door.

    ‘Beth stood there in the doorway’
    figurative ‘the doorway to success’
    • ‘Science provides doorways into the future.’
    • ‘The light coming from the open doorway was blocked by a figure.’
    • ‘After a few minutes they reached a small empty doorway.’
    • ‘The darkened arched doorway yawned to her left and began to coax her in, tugging at her curiosity.’
    • ‘There was some minor construction that blocked the doorway leading directly to the locker room.’
    • ‘I'd heard a sound coming from the darkened doorway of a large red building to my right.’
    • ‘Everybody in the audience stood up and began to exit the large room via the doorways along the walls.’
    • ‘I stood in the kitchen doorway staring at her.’
    • ‘Weathered columns frame the arched doorway, leading the eye up past more columns to the facade.’
    • ‘She entered the living room doorway to find her mother sitting on the couch, head in hands.’
    • ‘There was a doorway at the end of the hall that led to the flat.’
    • ‘Pedestrians and cyclists were forced to take evasive action from the bees, with many taking cover in shops and doorways.’
    • ‘Religion is a door to spirituality and different people use different doorways.’
    • ‘They came to a stop at a big glass doorway at the end of the hall.’
    • ‘Bags were piled up in the doorway to the building, which is the entrance to six flats.’
    • ‘The old lady pointed out of the shop doorway and out onto the street.’
    • ‘A curtained doorway separated it from the office.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, a cheerful member of staff is sitting at a desk which completely blocks an open doorway.’
    • ‘I opened the door and a woman was standing in the doorway with a smile on her face.’
    • ‘I managed to fill three of them quite successfully, mainly by jumping in and out of shop doorways every time the cold got too much.’
    portal, opening, hatch, entrance, entry, exit, egress
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