foyer

noun
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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Synonyms for foyer

Synonyms

hall, lobby

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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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The lobby in the Menil Collection building serves similar, multiple purposes, reportedly inspired by Dominique’s habit of using her home’s foyer for receptions. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Desperately poor, with no formal schooling, many were lured into prostitution by the predatory cigar-smoking men in black who Degas depicts lurking around the foyer, studio and dressing rooms of the opera house. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’ Review: Rat-Girl of the Paris Opera," 16 Nov. 2018 That could be, for example, a home with two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen (bathrooms don’t count as rooms in census surveys, nor do foyers, hallways, alcoves, porches, unfinished basements and attics, and so on). Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "One in 10 Seattle homes have just one room for first time ever," 9 Oct. 2018 The spacious foyer, with 17-foot ceilings, provides a seamless flow from room to room. Karen A. Avitabile, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 7 Clermont Park, Farmington," 21 Dec. 2017 Next came confident colors and flourishes: a foyer in creamy lacquer, a wall of ocean-blue grass cloth, a swiveling, disco-era brass cocktail table. Vanessa Gregory, ELLE Decor, "A Recently Renovated Mid-Century Home in Knoxville, Tennessee," 7 Feb. 2019 Now the 500-square-foot kitchen, white with glowing cylinder lights above, can be entered from the foyer. Diane Fiske, Philly.com, "Restaurateur Steve Poses settles into a new kitchen - at home in South Philly," 5 June 2018 From the foyer, stairs lead to a mezzanine level currently being used as an office. Kevin Brass, New York Times, "House Hunting in … Brazil," 28 Feb. 2018 The first floor features a striking foyer, an expansive dining room with 12-foot ceilings and butlers pantry, an eat-in kitchen, and a hard-to-miss bright orange custom gas fireplace. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Airy, steel-framed house near the beach wants $1.95M," 7 Sep. 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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foyer

noun

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

foyer

noun
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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