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[dawr-wey, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌweɪ, ˈdoʊr-/
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
1790-1800; door + way Unabridged
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  • Weathered columns frame the arched doorway, leading the eye up past more columns to the facade.
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  • Apartment or condo buildings often have two-door entry ways, which means less heat or cold escapes than in a direct doorway.
  • These particles may well be our doorway into the future.
  • Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall.
  • Our dynamic museum programs allow you to step through our doorway into history.
  • Required a lot of thought to get this silhouette of the ancient building in the doorway of an ancient building.
  • He insists and coaxes me firmly down the street and through their doorway.
  • And there she was, wiping her hands on her homemade apron, come to the doorway to meet us.
  • Our hallway conversation was furtive, whispered hurriedly in the shadows of my office doorway.
British Dictionary definitions for doorway


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

1799, from door + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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