door [door doors] BrE [dɔː(r)] NAmE [dɔːr] noun
1. countable a piece of wood, glass, etc. that is opened and closed so that people can get in and out of a room, building, car, etc; a similar thing in a cupboard/closet
• to open/shut/close/slam/lock/bolt the door
• to answer the door (= to go and open it because sb has knocked on it or rung the bell)
• the front/back door (= at the entrance at the front/back of a building)
• Close the door behind you, please.
• The door closed behind him.
see also back-door, fire door, French door, open-door, revolving door, sliding door, stable door, stage door, swing door, trapdoor
2. countable the space when a door is open
• Marc appeared through a door at the far end of the room.
• (informal) She's just arrived— she's just come in the door.
• (informal) He walked out the door.
3. countable the area close to the entrance of a building
• There's somebody at the door (= at the front door of a house).
• ‘Can I help you?’ asked the man at the door.
4. countable a house, room, etc. that is a particular number of houses, rooms, etc. away from another
• the family that lives three doors up from us
• Our other branch is just a few doors down the road.
5. uncountable (BrE) the amount of money made by selling tickets for an event
• 50% of the door will go to the Red Cross.
• Performers keep 75% of the door.
more at by/through the back door at back adj., close, etc. the barn door after the horse has escaped at barn, beat a path to sb's door at beat v., close its doors at close 1 v., behind closed doors at closed, never darken my door again at darken, at death's door at death, get/have a foot in the door at foot n., open doors for sb at open v., show sb the door at show v., close, etc. the stable door after the horse has bolted at stable door n., keep the wolf from the door at wolf n.
Idioms: door to door ▪ door to something ▪ lay something at somebody's door ▪ leave the door open ▪ on the door ▪ out of doors ▪ shut the door in somebody's face ▪ shut the door on something ▪ somebody's door
Old English duru, dor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deur ‘door’ and German Tür ‘door’, Tor ‘gate’; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin foris ‘gate’ and Greek thura ‘door’.
• There was a knock on the door.
entrance • • exit • • doorway • • way • • hatch • • gate • • gateway •
at the door/entrance/exit/gate
through the door/doorway/hatch/gate/gateway
the front/back/side door/entrance/exit/way/gate
open/shut/close/slam the door/hatch/gate
• Always put the door chain on.
• Go along the corridor and through the double doors.
• Go and answer the door.
• He arrived home to find the door barred.
• He banged the front door behind him as he left.
• He came in the side door.
• He flung the door open and caught them stuffing a document back into a briefcase.
• He got stuck in a revolving door.
• He had left the door ajar.
• He leaned against the door jamb.
• He looked through the door to make sure the children were all right.
• He pulled the door shut.
• He stood in the door for several minutes before deciding whether he'd stay.
• He was working the door at the event.
• I banged on the door for ages but still couldn't wake them.
• I left the door on the latch so that I could sneak back in later.
• I stopped at a low oak door set in the stone wall.
• I tried the door but it was locked.
• I was woken by a door banging in the wind.
• I went through the door marked ‘Enquiries’.
• Parking is helped by wide door mirrors.
• Remember to bolt the door before you go to bed.
• She had trouble pushing the heavy door open.
• She poked her head through the door to say goodbye.
• She pushed her way through the swing doors.
• Someone had propped the fire door open with a pile of books.
• The car drove off with its rear door flapping open.
• The door bore a notice saying ‘Private’.
• The door burst open and a little boy ran in.
• The door connecting the two offices is kept locked.
• The door opens onto a sunny terrace.
• The door stood ajar so I could see a narrow section of the room.
• The door was half-open when we got there.
• The door was jammed shut.
• The inner door leads to the safe and is always locked after 5 p.m.
• There's someone at the door.
• They had to break the door down to get into the flat.
• This door leads to my bedroom.
• automatic garage door openers
• the back door of a house
• the door between the laundry room and the garage
• the door into the back garden
• He walked out the door.
• Mark appeared through a door at the far end of the room.
• She's just arrived— she's just come in the door.
• There was a knock on the door.
• the bedroom/wardrobe door