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 6,227 square feet of living space include a foyer and a step-down living room with a fireplace. Los Angeles Times, "Producer James Brubaker looks to cast a tenant for Beverly Hills home," 21 Aug. 2019 The end result: an immersive apartment for Barbie, arranged into a six vignettes: a sitting room, dressing room, living room, office, dining room, and a foyer. al, "Go inside ‘Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future,' at the Birmingham Museum of Art," 9 Aug. 2019 There will also be vendors situated in the foyer and hallways leading to classrooms where workshops will be held on topics such as Irish History, Irish Literature, Harp Technique, Ceili Dancing, Singing in Irish for Children and more. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things happening this week: Sublime with Rome, Queen Nation and a weed smackdown," 8 Aug. 2019 There’s a 31-foot living room that’s open to the foyer and the library. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Home near Cranbrook's art objects is filled with space and glamour," 3 Aug. 2019 Crews found smoke in the foyer and evacuated guests as a precaution. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Smoke in electrical room forces brief evacuation at Grapevine's Great Wolf Lodge," 2 July 2019 Every part of the house is functional; there’s no big foyer or formal dining room. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Cozy Oldham County cottage impressed Lifetime enough to be featured in a movie," 13 June 2019 The first 30 seconds of the video contains no audio, but the footage shows Azzara peering into the front window by the door and seeing Tench in the foyer before shooting. Daniel J. Gross, USA TODAY, "Deputy who shot SC homeowner through front window cleared by internal affairs," 29 July 2019 And the foyer has artwork from children in connection with Higher Art and St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Marc Bona,, "Brewnuts: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 27 July 2019

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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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