foy·er | \ˈfȯi(-ə)r, ˈfȯi-ˌ(y)ā 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

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To the left of the foyer is a den or office, a bedroom and a full bath, and a master suite. Mary Murphy,, "Property of the Week: Essex Glen," 6 June 2018 In a touch that was popular in old Grosse Pointe entertaining, guests are met by two separate powder rooms on opposite sides of the foyer — a men’s and a women’s. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: 1937 Grosse Pointe Farms home keeps classic features, adds modern updates," 31 Mar. 2018 The entrance on the north side of the house leads into a foyer and the private owner’s staircase. Joan Walden,, "288 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury," 21 June 2018 After a successful screening in the foyer and a brief Q&A session, audiences requested an encore showing and the lights dimmed again. Brandon Yu,, "‘Snaggletooth’ fits right into Westerfeld House’s horror heritage in SF," 3 July 2018 The powder room and foyer have a faux silver/gray finish. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historic Concordia home is 4,000 square feet of hard work - and love," 31 May 2018 Unique features include a spiral staircase supported by metal rods suspended from the family room ceiling, an indoor Tiki bar and a floor-to-ceiling stone fountain in the foyer. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "They didn't have the highest bid for dream home, but a simple letter sealed the deal," 25 May 2018 Inside, an elegant foyer opens to a spacious dining room. Lauren Beale,, "Vintage SoCal: An original from the dawn of Venice of America," 18 May 2018 Next in the foyer are two short, four-step staircases — one up, one down. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: Wabeek Lake home takes contemporary style to new heights," 21 Jan. 2018

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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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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

: an open area near the entrance in someone's home


foy·er | \ˈfȯi-ər, ˈfȯi-ˌā\

Kids Definition of foyer

1 : a lobby especially in a theater

2 : an entrance hall

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a state of commotion or excitement

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