vestibule

noun
ves·​ti·​bule | \ ˈve-stə-ˌbyül How to pronounce vestibule (audio) \

Definition of vestibule

1a : a passage, hall, or room between the outer door and the interior of a building : lobby
b : an enclosed entrance at the end of a railway passenger car
2 : any of various bodily cavities especially when serving as or resembling an entrance to some other cavity or space: such as
a : the central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the inner ear or the parts (such as the saccule and utricle) of the membranous labyrinth that it contains
b : the part of the left ventricle below the aortic orifice
c : the space between the labia minora containing the orifice of the urethra
d : the part of the mouth cavity outside the teeth and gums
3 : a course that offers access (as to something new)

Other Words from vestibule

vestibuled \ ˈve-​stə-​ˌbyüld How to pronounce vestibule (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vestibule in a Sentence

please leave your wet boots in the vestibule
Recent Examples on the Web Gramaglia said Buffalo police entered the store and confronted the gunman in the vestibule. Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 Police entered the store and confronted the gunman in the vestibule. Carolyn Thompson, Michael Balsamo And Dave Collins, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 Gramaglia said Buffalo police entered the store and confronted the gunman in the vestibule. Carolyn Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 15 May 2022 Gramaglia said Buffalo police entered the store and confronted the gunman in the vestibule. Carolyn Thompson, Hartford Courant, 14 May 2022 Eventually, the gunman returned to the front of the store, where he was confronted by Buffalo police in the vestibule. New York Times, 14 May 2022 Despite the many changes, several period details were preserved, such as the decorative etched-glass transom in the vestibule. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The victim ignored Esco and entered the vestibule of her apartment building, according to the police. Liam Reilly, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 The victim ignored his comment and entered the vestibule. Michael P. Mckinney, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vestibule

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vestibule

Latin vestibulum forecourt

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17 May 2022

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“Vestibule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vestibule. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for vestibule

vestibule

noun
ves·​ti·​bule | \ ˈve-stə-ˌbyül How to pronounce vestibule (audio) \

Kids Definition of vestibule

: a hall or room between the outer door and the inside part of a building

vestibule

noun
ves·​ti·​bule | \ ˈves-tə-ˌbyül How to pronounce vestibule (audio) \

Medical Definition of vestibule

: any of various bodily cavities especially when serving as or resembling an entrance to some other cavity or space: as
a(1) : the central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the ear
(2) : the parts of the membranous labyrinth comprising the utricle and the saccule and contained in the cavity of the bony labyrinth
b : the space between the labia minora containing the orifice of the urethra
c : the part of the left ventricle of the heart immediately below the aortic orifice
d : the part of the mouth cavity outside the teeth and gums

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