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)

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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 Officers raced forward to confront the mob in the vestibule. Peter Hermann, Anchorage Daily News, "Beaten with their own clubs, choked by bear spray: How battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob," 15 Jan. 2021 Oregon State Police and Salem police contained the raucous crowd, some with guns, to a vestibule of the Capitol and ultimately removed them from the building. oregonlive, "Oregon House Republicans awaiting investigation findings to weigh in on Nearman’s actions," 13 Jan. 2021 Also, look for a tent with a vestibule and rainfly, which will help with condensation – which can be annoying in summer but is downright miserable in winter. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "No, cold-weather camping is not a terrible idea – and here's why you should try it," 27 Dec. 2020 An elegant staircase greets visitors at the front of the home in the entryway vestibule. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at this stately Dallas home with 7 bedrooms and plenty of entertaining space," 28 Jan. 2021 Officers raced forward to confront the mob in the vestibule. Peter Hermann, Anchorage Daily News, "Beaten with their own clubs, choked by bear spray: How battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob," 15 Jan. 2021 Demonstrators used noxious spray to get through the police line and enter into a building vestibule. oregonlive, "Video shot from multiple angles reveals more of how Rep. Mike Nearman enabled demonstrators to illegally enter the Oregon Capitol and what happened next," 11 Jan. 2021 Officers raced forward to confront the mob in the vestibule. Peter Hermann, Anchorage Daily News, "Beaten with their own clubs, choked by bear spray: How battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob," 15 Jan. 2021 Officers raced forward to confront the mob in the vestibule. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "How battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of vestibule was in 1726

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22 Feb 2021

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“Vestibule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vestibule. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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vestibule

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vestibule

formal : an entrance hall inside a building

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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