doorway

A doorway is the place through which you enter a room. Some doorways have actual doors, while others are merely arched openings into a room or building.

If you stand in your doorway watching your neighbor approach on his bike, you've probably got the front door open and you're standing in its space. The doorway to your living room, on the other hand, might be a simple arch or wide entryway. The word dates from about 1799, from door and way, which here means "space" — it's the space in a wall where a door sits.

Definitions of doorway
  1. noun
    the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
    “he stuck his head in the doorway
    synonyms: door, room access, threshold
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    exterior door, outside door
    a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building
    back door, back entrance, backdoor
    an entrance at the rear of a building
    Dutch door, half door
    an exterior door divided in two horizontally; either half can be closed or open independently
    front door, front entrance
    exterior door (at the entrance) at the front of a building
    side door, side entrance
    an exterior door at one side of a building
    type of:
    entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
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