vestibule

noun
ves·ti·bule | \ˈves-tə-ˌbyül \

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 \-ˌbyüld \ adjective

Examples of vestibule in a Sentence

please leave your wet boots in the vestibule

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Analyses of the safety of New Trier High School campuses are leading to a summer’s worth of security upgrades, including double-buzzer vestibules at entries and an upgrade of the district’s video surveillance and visitor management systems. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Summer work at New Trier High to include upgrades of video surveillance, security training," 12 June 2018 Spectators cram into any available train, sitting on the floor or standing in vestibules. Washington Post, "For Olympic fans, the real fun starts after the games," 20 Feb. 2018 The rear vestibule now has a curved zipper, rather than a vertical one, making for a bigger opening and easier entrance. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "First Look: Eddie Bauer's Katabatic 2 Tent," 12 June 2018 Changes to the school's main entrance likely will include a larger security vestibule to funnel visitors and students through an area enclosed in bullet-resistant glass before they are granted access to the rest of the campus. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe ISD trustees to vote on high school security upgrades," 10 July 2018 Avaram and Brown’s original proposal was to demolish the 120-year-old library and incorporate the building’s brick facade and vestibule into the new development design. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Developers to make case for building surrounding old Nichols Library at commission hearing," 24 May 2018 Board members ultimately approved approximately $8.9 million for phase-three security vestibules and facility upgrades to be completed by the end of the summer. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land's historic Lakeview Elementary among handful of Fort Bend ISD elementary schools facing uncertain future," 2 Apr. 2018 Instead of employing hallways and vestibules, most of the circulation is incorporated directly into the main spaces. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "Modest in Size, Not Distinction," 18 Apr. 2018 Police arrived to find the man inside his home's vestibule, refusing to let the woman into the living room. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Woman asks friend for favor, he steals her car: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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vestibule

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vestibule

: an entrance hall inside a building

vestibule

noun
ves·ti·bule | \ˈve-stə-ˌbyül \

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 \

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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