foy·​er ˈfȯi(-ə)r How to pronounce foyer (audio) ˈfȯi-ˌ(y)ā How to pronounce foyer (audio)
 also  ˈfwä-ˌyā
: an anteroom or lobby especially of a theater
also : an entrance hallway : vestibule

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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Word History


French, literally, fireplace, from Vulgar Latin *focarium, from Latin focus hearth

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foyer was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Foyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a lobby especially in a theater
: an entrance hallway : vestibule

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