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


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 spacious foyer, with 17-foot ceilings, provides a seamless flow from room to room. Karen A. Avitabile,, "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,, "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 The main living area, which includes the living room, an open kitchen, and foyer, boasts 30-foot ceilings featuring original barn beams, barn ladders now used as bookshelves, and panoramic views of the lake. Laura Beitman Hoover,, "Perkasie couple frames new house around an old barn," 29 May 2018 At some point in the 20th Century, someone installed a gothic-looking heating and air conditioning system that towers over the reference desk in the entrance foyer. Scott Wartman,, "Should you double the amount you pay for Hamilton County's libraries? Top questions surrounding upcoming levy," 23 Apr. 2018 In the entrance foyer were hundreds of coat hooks, and the jackets and sweaters that hung there were being knocked down by this mob and trampled with muddy boots! Susan Harfouche, The New Republic, "Memoirs of an Ex-Sannyasin," 12 Apr. 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
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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