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

Definition of foyer

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

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Examples of foyer in a Sentence

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 But what did surprise viewers is that the scene began with him urinating all over the foyer of his home while his wife and sons watched. Katie Dupere, Men's Health, 31 Jan. 2022 The massive foyer is punctuated by a crystal chandelier, marble floors, and a regal winding staircase, while Renaissance-style art pieces, Chinese porcelain, and Biblical motifs scattered throughout the home lend to its quaint, vintage feel. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 29 July 2021 Inside, the foyer is flanked by the living room and dining room. cleveland, 9 July 2021 From this sky, a huge crystal chandelier, perhaps 8 feet wide, hangs over the foyer. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2021 The foyer is anchored by a staircase with a custom iron rail that leads to the third floor. Dallas News, 21 Mar. 2021 Following the performance, select guests headed to the grand foyer of the Opera Garnier, whose baroque decor feels plucked straight from a fairytale. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2022 The front Dutch door opens to the foyer, which has arched entryways to the dining room on one side and the living room on the other. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2022 Columns and shutters adorn the exterior, leading to a two-story foyer with checkered floors and a sweeping staircase. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Foyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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