Threshold (door)

A worn-out wooden threshold

A threshold is the sill of a door. Some cultures attach special symbolism to a threshold.


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

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]


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  4. "Carrying the Bride: Exactly Why?". How Stuff Works. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
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