from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plate of metal or other material on the door of a house or room, bearing the name and sometimes the business of the occupant.


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  • On the TV screen, the door-plate was pretty clearly seen as "815", but I can see from trying to make the image clearer that it could be interpreted as "813".

    Archive 2009-07-12

  • They led to a room whose door-plate said PRINCESS IDA.

    Pet Peeve

  • He told me one day that literature was not a trade; that it was no craft; that the professed author was merely an amateur with a door-plate.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • Brown, not a Jones, not a Robinson; they are all names that one would stop and look at on a door-plate.

    Lay Morals

  • Reasoning like this, Mr. Golyadkin mounted to the second storey and stopped before flat number five, on which there was a handsome brass door-plate with the inscription —

    The Double

  • She has a beautiful white hand, but her handwriting is infamous; she writes fast and her chirography is of the door-plate order — her letters are immense.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • The door-plate closed softly behind him, and Braden crouched in the abysmal dark.

    The Other Side Of Nowhere

  • The lack-lustre eye, rayless as a Beacon-Street door-plate in August, all at once fills with light; the face flings itself wide open like the church-portals when the bride and bridegroom enter; the little man grows in stature before your eyes, like the small prisoner with hair on end, beloved yet dreaded of early childhood; you were talking with a dwarf and an imbecile, -- you have a giant and a trumpet-tongued angel before you!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 03, January, 1858

  • Not a chair or a window blind, or even a door-plate or handle, is to be seen in any of the rooms, except in those used for the concerts, and the question arose, naturally enough.

    The Insurrection in Paris

  • It was a shining door-plate for the big heart behind it.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin


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