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Is there a specific term I could use in a floor plan for the doorway leading from one room to another? For example: a person is in the living room and looks through the "doorway" that leads into the kitchen. Obviously there is no door, but is this opening still referred to as a doorway?

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    It's acceptable to say "doorway" for a door frame with no door in it, or even a door-sized gap with no frame at all. – Max Williams Apr 11 '16 at 13:27
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    entrance is fine also, the word doesn't imply a door , and is used commonly ( google "Kitchen entrance" to see). – P. O. Apr 11 '16 at 13:44
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    "Passageway" is a fairly generic term for such an opening. – Hot Licks Apr 11 '16 at 17:25
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    To me (as a Brit), "passageway" & "corridor" both imply that there is some length to the aperture; whereas I would expect a "doorway" to have no 'length' beyond the thickness of the wall in which it is an aperture. – TrevorD Apr 12 '16 at 11:58
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    Not sure if technically a dupe, as this exists - but on a different SE site: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/16371/… – SeanR Apr 12 '16 at 16:15
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Doorway would indeed be acceptable. Consider that, if the doorway has a door, you cannot see through to the other side unless the door is open. In this case, depending on your angle and the location of the door, it is perfectly possible that the door is entirely invisible. If so, its existence or non-existence is irrelevant to your perception of the doorway (or frame). So doorway is applicable regardless of the existence of a door.

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    I hate it when I leave my doo open. – GalacticCowboy Apr 11 '16 at 19:37
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    @GalacticCowboy - Me too. – WhatRoughBeast Apr 11 '16 at 19:40
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If it's curved it's an archway.

If it's entirely right angles it's a trabeation.

trabeated: designed or constructed with horizontal beams or lintels –MW

Credit to The Sims 4, calling some of them post-and-lintel entry frames and describing one as trabeated.

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    I'd like to point out that I've never heard the word "trabeation" in colloquial English, and it's such a rare word that every spell check I have marks it as a typo. – Fund Monica's Lawsuit Apr 11 '16 at 21:03
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    I've never heard a complaint about calling a square archway an archway. – StarWeaver Apr 12 '16 at 3:02
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    I'm not 100% convinced trabeation applies since it seems to refer more to ancient architecture involving stone columns. I could be wrong though. – Pharap Apr 12 '16 at 4:18
  • It's rather obscure but it is specifically, "The use of beams in architectural construction, rather than arches or vaulting." –OD – Mazura Apr 12 '16 at 4:46
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    @StarWeaver, let me fix that for you - I'll complain. If there's no curves, it is not an archway. Ever. – JPhi1618 Apr 13 '16 at 14:11
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You might consider entryway and entranceway.

entryway

A passage for affording entrance.

Word Origin: (1740-1750); Americanism; entry + way

Random House

Peeking his head through the entryway, he saw a tiny figure hunched over a lathe in the dark interior of the room. The Temple of thé Wild Geese

This is an odd type of room—no windows at all—and no door in the entranceway—There must be a door. How did I get in here? Tumbleweeds: An Authentic Collection of Windblown Tales of Americana Caught in the Cross Hair

There's no door in the entryway to the structure, and you suddenly understand that one is not necessary. What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower

Google Books

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    But what if an "Exit Only" sign is hanging over it?! – talrnu Apr 12 '16 at 13:32
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    What if it's a jar?? – Anthony Apr 13 '16 at 6:47
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    If it's a jar, clearly it isn't a door. ;) – Nick Gammon Apr 13 '16 at 7:37
  • @talrnu You wouldn't see that from the outside. – DCShannon Apr 14 '16 at 0:04
  • why not just entry or entrance? – jk. Apr 14 '16 at 14:05
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portal

  1. A doorway, entrance, or gate, especially one that is large and imposing.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/portal

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    I wouldn't call the doorway between my kitchen and living room a "portal". – Max Williams Apr 11 '16 at 13:27
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    You might not, but that doesn't mean it isn't a word for it. I've often heard the term portal used when discussing the layout of houses, for more than just doorways (such as service hatches) @MaxWilliams – SGR Apr 11 '16 at 13:28
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    ...which isn't to say you're wrong, just that it's not a common usage of the word. – Max Williams Apr 11 '16 at 13:28
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    @MaxWilliams In a sense, it's literally the same word. "Portal" (from porta - door) is just Latin for "doorway". – Superbest Apr 11 '16 at 23:53
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    @MaxWilliams I would, but the fact my kitchen and living room are in Aperture Science's underground complex might have something to do with that. – Pharap Apr 12 '16 at 4:22
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The technical term for this is:

cased opening

Definition:

An interior doorway or opening with all the trim and molding installed, but without a door or closure.

http://www.dictionaryofconstruction.com/definition/cased-opening.html

For an entrance between two rooms without the door trimmings, I would therefore suggest simply "opening".

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    Only if it's cased, otherwise it's just an opening. – Mazura Apr 12 '16 at 20:22
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    Regardless, most people would refer to it just as an "opening". I think this is the best answer. – Ian Goldby Apr 13 '16 at 15:34
  • Following the comments, I've amended the answer to include simply "Opening". – SeanR Apr 14 '16 at 8:23
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In the UK, estate agents' descriptions of property distinguish between a "doorway" (i.e. what the OP describes) and a "door". For example "Entrance Hall ... doorways to various rooms, door to:- Guest Cloakroom ..." (quote from http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-17919543.html) The photos in the link show that one of the "doorways" between two rooms has no door.

In a properly drawn floor plan it should obvious whether or not there is a door in a particular location, without any verbal description.

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I think that calling it a doorway is valid, for many of the good reasons that others have pointed out, however, it does also have to do with exactly what information you may or may not be trying to convey.

For instance, if you were describing an apartment to a prospective renter, they might be interested to know whether or not there are doors on the doorway; calling it a doorway does leave open the possibility that there might be doors. If you wanted to emphasize that there are no doors, then calling it an archway, or some other term, might be more precise.

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If it has all the trim and molding of a doorway, just there is no door, then you'd call that a cased opening: http://www.dictionaryofconstruction.com/definition/cased-opening.html

But as others have said, we'd be getting too technical here. Doorway would still be understood and accepted everywhere but in the most snobbish or English circles.

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Threshold would also work here, I believe. A threshold applies to an entrance with or without a door, though it refers to the division between one side and the other.

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    A threshold is the strip of wood/stone/metal/etc. affixed to the floor in the doorway. That is why we carry our bride over the threshold not through the threshold. – Erik Apr 11 '16 at 20:34
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    Downvoting because incorrect, Erik points out. Doubly inappropriate in an architectural context (what OP wants). – Superbest Apr 11 '16 at 23:54
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    I'm in disagreement with the downvotes. I've found several dictionaries where the second or third entries state that a threshold is a doorway or entrance. Colloquially it is common to use that in its concrete as well as abstract sense, and I found no reference that stated that it only referred to the literal structure affixed to the floor and ended with that. – The Anathema Apr 12 '16 at 16:32

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