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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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 On the other end of the house, off the kitchen, is a second foyer entrance and mudroom, a practical yet sophisticated room with a foot-wash station large enough to bathe a muddy dog, a walk-out to the backyard and a small cozy office. Linda Hingham,, "Property of the Week: 198 Woodland Street, Glastonbury," 29 Jan. 2018 The kiosk located in the entrance foyer at the North Gwinnett tag office is available 24/7. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Gwinnett announces new self-service kiosks for tag renewal," 29 Jan. 2018 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

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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 , ˈfȯi-ˌā\

Kids Definition of foyer

1 : a lobby especially in a theater
2 : an entrance hall

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