Vestibule
Vestibule Ves"ti*bule, n. [L. vestibulum, of uncertain origin: cf. F. vestibule.] The porch or entrance into a house; a hall or antechamber next the entrance; a lobby; a porch; a hall. [1913 Webster]

{Vestibule of the ear}. (Anat.) See under {Ear}.

{Vestibule of the vulva} (Anat.), a triangular space between the nymph[ae], in which the orifice of the urethra is situated.

{Vestibule train} (Railroads), a train of passenger cars having the space between the end doors of adjacent cars inclosed, so as to admit of leaving the doors open to provide for intercommunication between all the cars. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Hall; passage.

Usage: {Vestibule}, {Hall}, {Passage}. A vestibule is a small apartment within the doors of a building. A hall is the first large apartment beyond the vestibule, and, in the United States, is often long and narrow, serving as a passage to the several apartments. In England, the hall is generally square or oblong, and a long, narrow space of entrance is called a passage, not a hall, as in America. Vestibule is often used in a figurative sense to denote a place of entrance. ``The citizens of Rome placed the images of their ancestors in the vestibules of their houses.'' --Bolingbroke [1913 Webster]


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  • vestibule — [ vɛstibyl ] n. m. • 1509; vestible 1350; it. vestibulo ou vestibolo, du lat. vestibulum 1 ♦ Pièce d entrée (d un édifice, d une maison, d un appartement). ⇒ antichambre, entrée, hall. « le vestibule de son petit appartement de célibataire »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Vestibule — or Vestibulum can have the following meanings, each primarily based upon a common origin, from early 17th century French, derived from Latin vestibulum, i n. entrance court .AnatomyIn general, vestibule is a small space or cavity at the beginning …   Wikipedia

  • vestibule — VESTIBULE. s. m. La piece du bastiment qui s offre la premiere à ceux qui entrent, & qui est un passage à toutes les autres. Un grand vestibule. un beau vestibule. il n entra pas dans la sale, il demeura dans le vestibule …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Vestibule — Ves ti*bule, v. t. To furnish with a vestibule or vestibules. Brander Matthews. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • vestibule — (n.) 1620s, a porch, later antechamber, lobby (1730), from Fr. vestible, from L. vestibulum forecourt, entrance, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • vestibule — [n] small room for arrivals antechamber, anteroom, doorway, entrance, entrance hall, entry, entryway, foyer, gateway, hall, hallway, lobby, narthex, porch, portal, portico; concept 448 …   New thesaurus

  • vestibule — ► NOUN 1) an antechamber or hall just inside the outer door of a building. 2) Anatomy a chamber or channel opening into another. DERIVATIVES vestibular adjective ( Anatomy ). ORIGIN Latin vestibulum entrance court …   English terms dictionary

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