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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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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While the grand staircase highlights the foyer, a second staircase provides informal access from the kitchen to the five bedrooms on the second floor. James Alexander,, "Property of the Week: 100 Summit Crest Drive, South Glastonbury," 22 Nov. 2017 In the foyer, Ms. Keet chose an old-fashioned, curved bench. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Building an Alpine Chalet for the Low-Lying Netherlands," 30 Oct. 2018 Modern chandeliers and wide-plank wood floors set a sophisticated tone in the foyer. Jack Flemming,, "‘X-Men’ producer Simon Kinberg spins off Sunset Strip estate," 11 July 2018 Damage could also be seen on the ground floor of the building, as the overhead light in the foyer was broken and plaster had fallen down from the ceiling, leaving the wooden slats exposed and a thick coating of mess on the floor. Jerome Campbell,, "East Boston man ordered held on $200,000 bail on explosive charges after apartment blast," 9 July 2018 The room has a gas fireplace, and columns set it of from the foyer. James Alexander,, "Property of the Week: 100 Summit Crest Drive, South Glastonbury," 22 Nov. 2017 From the foyer, a short hallway leads past the coat closet, laundry area and full bath. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen,, "In-house musician plays for residents, lives for free at River North apartment," 24 May 2017 An hour later, the Alteñas are gathered in the foyer of a quinceañera venue, tuning instruments and strumming strings. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 Ovations and multiple curtain calls followed the breathtaking performances and the audience left on a high to dine in the foyers of the Opera Garnier. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Keira Knightley, Marion Cotillard, and More Attend the Paris Opera Ballet’s Opulent Opening Gala," 28 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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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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