Meaning of THRESHOLD in English


/ ˈθreʃhəʊld; NAmE -hoʊld/ noun


the floor or ground at the bottom of a doorway , considered as the entrance to a building or room :

She stood hesitating on the threshold.

He stepped across the threshold.


the level at which sth starts to happen or have an effect :

He has a low boredom threshold (= he gets bored easily) .

I have a high pain threshold (= I can suffer a lot of pain before I start to react) .

My earnings are just above the tax threshold (= more than the amount at which you start paying tax) .


[ usually sing. ] the point just before a new situation, period of life, etc. begins :

She felt as though she was on the threshold of a new life.



Old English therscold , threscold ; related to German dialect Drischaufel ; the first element is related to thresh (in a Germanic sense tread), but the origin of the second element is unknown.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.