Threshold (door)

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A worn-out wooden threshold

A threshold is the sill of a door. Some cultures attach special symbolism to a threshold. It is called a door saddle in British English.


The etymology of the word is uncertain but the first element is related to the Old English þrescan, with its original sense of "tread", "trample".[1]

Cultural symbolism[edit]

In many cultures it has a special symbolism: for instance, in Poland and Russia it is considered bad luck to shake hands or kiss across the threshold when meeting somebody.[2][3] In many countries it is considered good luck for a bridegroom to carry the bride over the threshold to their new home.[4]


  1. ^ "Threshold". Etymonline. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Polish Superstitions". Polish Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Russian Superstition". Russian language for lovers. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Carrying the Bride: Exactly Why?". How Stuff Works. Retrieved May 13, 2012.