foy·​er | \ ˈfȯi(-ə)r How to pronounce foyer (audio) , ˈfȯi-ˌ(y)ā also ˈfwä-ˌyā How to pronounce foyer (audio) \

Definition of foyer

: an anteroom or lobby especially of a theater also : an entrance hallway : vestibule

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theatergoers crowded the foyer during the play's intermission leave your muddy boots in the foyer and come into the house
Recent Examples on the Web The 2,000+ square foot suite spans the beam of the ship, with a living room, bedroom, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, two walk-in closets, and a dramatic foyer. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "All Aboard Oceania Riviera’s New Ralph Lauren Home-Designed Suites," 10 Jan. 2020 There’s a foyer with a stone fountain, as well as a two-story great room and sleek kitchen. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Former L.A. Sparks owner Paula Madison opts to sell in Studio City," 22 Oct. 2019 The front entrance opens onto a foyer with a polished marble floor and a grand curved staircase. Janene Holzberg,, "Old World grandeur meets homey in historic Ellicott City show house," 13 Sep. 2019 At the vice president's home, oversized Victorian-style ornaments hang suspended down three flights of stairs in the foyer of the Queen Anne-style house on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory where the Pences live with their pets. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Second Lady Karen Pence is going back in time for a Victorian Christmas," 3 Dec. 2019 Tuesday night in the foyer of Kiki's, the former Massachusetts expounded on this theme. Lacrai Mitchell, CBS News, "Deval Patrick charts a moderate path through South Carolina," 27 Nov. 2019 Even the chicest of wallpapers, like the dragon-print wallcovering designer Vern Yip installed in the foyer of House Beautiful's Whole Home. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Luxe Wallpaper Is Incredibly Easy to Install, and It's Actually Washable," 25 Oct. 2019 Just inside the front door, an elegant double-staircase leads into the grand foyer, which is set up for family entertaining. Hannah Chubb,, "Kelly Clarkson Is Selling Her Massive Lakeside Mansion in Tennessee for $7.5 Million," 2 Dec. 2019 The foyer, kitchen countertops and master bathroom are made of white marble flooring., "Chicago mansion with landscaped gardens, basketball court: $4.5M," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of foyer

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for foyer

French, literally, fireplace, from Vulgar Latin *focarium, from Latin focus hearth

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The first known use of foyer was in 1833

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Foyer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of foyer

: an open area in a public building (such as a hotel or theater) near the entrance : a lobby or entrance hall
US : an open area near the entrance in someone's home


foy·​er | \ ˈfȯi-ər How to pronounce foyer (audio) , ˈfȯi-ˌā \

Kids Definition of foyer

1 : a lobby especially in a theater
2 : an entrance hall

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