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An entryway is a hall that is generally located at the front entrance of a house. An entryway often has a coat closet, and usually has linoleum or tile flooring rather than carpet, making it an easy-to-clean transition space between the outdoor and indoor areas. An entryway separated from the rest of the house by a door also serves to keep a large amount of outside air from entering the house. This can be an important consideration in a very cold climate for instance, where outside air temperatures might be much (40-50 Celsius) lower than the interior temperature. Many houses do not have an entryway; in these the front door leads to a foyer, or directly into the living room or some other room in the house.
Many suburban American houses have a mud room, a casual, generally secondary entryway intended as an area to remove and store footwear, outerwear, and wet clothing before entering the main house. As well as providing storage space, a mud room serves to increase the cleanliness of a house proper.
- The dictionary definition of entryway at Wiktionary
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