vestibule

noun
ves·​ti·​bule | \ ˈves-tə-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 \ -​ˌbyüld How to pronounce vestibuled (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vestibule in a Sentence

please leave your wet boots in the vestibule

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PreCheck members get assigned to PreCheck vestibules. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Airport of Tomorrow," 11 Dec. 2018 The vestibule leads to the heart of the house, where tall walls of windows face east across the valley toward the White Mountains. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents add a modern wing to their son’s Vermont farmhouse," 15 June 2018 Some vestibules will be assigned as PreCheck screening. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Airport of Tomorrow," 11 Dec. 2018 The money will go toward creating entrance vestibules, metal detectors, panic alarms, scan-card systems, and other measures. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "After school shootings, Burlington County directs $20 million to school safety," 12 June 2018 Rarely does a tent’s vestibule stand out as its most important feature, but this is no ordinary tent. Outside Online, "The Best Tents of 2018," 15 May 2018 Folded stacks of colorful fabrics line the vestibule walls between tribal dancers’ masks and the lustrous sculpture of an ancient tumi ax used in the sacrificial ceremonies. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "At Vista Peru, a view of promise, pisco and problems," 18 May 2018 The sign had been in the rotunda but had been moved into a vestibule to clear room for a public event, according to Kooyenga. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin lawmaker who took protest sign says military training taught him it was a safety risk," 5 Apr. 2018 In the end, The Shining’s elevator effect consisted of four 80-psi water cannons, which together gushed 120 gallons of fake blood out of a nearly full-scale replica of the Overlook Hotel’s elevator into a glass vestibule with a slanted floor. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Horror Show: How the Unreal Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Are Built," 27 Sep. 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

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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