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 The foyer opens to the study and formal dining room. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents custom home in Frisco," 13 Feb. 2021 One episode sees a rack of the latest Dior merchandise wheeled over the foyer’s mosaic tiles for some light shopping: a cashmere sweater, a silk shirt, a pair of high-top sneakers — the latter priced at $1,100. Ashley Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Meet Anna Shay, the rich, unbothered Angeleno at the top of Netflix’s ‘Bling Empire’," 15 Jan. 2021 Contemporary pieces by Robert Mars add a pop of color to the lounge and the foyer. House Beautiful, "A Timeless Brookline Home Designed to Be Durable," 13 Jan. 2021 Rick was wrapped in plastic garbage bags, carried over the rugs of the foyer and driven to the emergency room in some reluctant brother’s automobile. WSJ, "Sometimes the Tourniquet Works All Too Well," 27 Dec. 2020 The decorations adorned the trees, halls, and grand foyer. Cori Murray, Essence, "Barack Obama Recalls Bringing Holiday Magic To All At The White House," 23 Dec. 2020 There's high-gloss Versace tile in the foyer and dining room, and Italian marble throughout. Rohan Preston Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "$1.5M Eden Prairie luxury home is a stargazer's delight," 11 Dec. 2020 In the middle of the foyer was an enormous, verdant monstrosity; a lush, towering hodgepodge. Lacy Warner, Vogue, "Fake Christmas Trees Are My Guilty Pleasure," 10 Dec. 2020 Inside a room to the left of the foyer, the Christmas decor continues with another Christmas tree, another nativity scene and a St. Nicholas figure. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, "New Jersey Christmas mansion selling for $2.19M overflows with holiday decor," 26 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Foyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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