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
Recent Examples on the Web One by one, cardboard boxes appeared in my vestibule. Lisa Wood Shapiro, Wired, "The Quest for Clean Air," 12 Dec. 2019 However, since our apartment has a vestibule door that requires a residency key to enter, other tenants often seem uncomfortable with my holding the door. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Holding the door for unknown neighbors," 24 Oct. 2019 The quotation is in a wall text in the Addison’s vestibule. BostonGlobe.com, "ANDOVER — What may be the single most arresting object in “A Wildness Apart: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America” is not an artwork. It is strikingly beautiful, though. The show runs through July 31 at the Addison Gallery of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy.," 27 Sep. 2019 This disco vibe can be fun to experiment with in a small powder room, home sauna, vestibule, or hallway. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "5 Design Tricks Apartment-Dwellers Can Steal from New York's Coolest Spa," 25 Nov. 2019 The first floor of the facility features a security vestibule, offices, meeting room and break room, with a board meeting room and lobby area on the second floor and plenty of storage space throughout the building. Needville Isd, Houston Chronicle, "TEA gives Needville ISD an A," 3 Sep. 2019 The location also features a digital access bar, Chase Private Client offices, transaction services, two 24-hour vestibule ATMs, a drive-up ATM and a night depository. cleveland, "CRS appoints Ohradzansky as executive director: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 23 Nov. 2019 To identify the women, police brought a fingerprint identification machine into the Walmart entrance vestibule. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Body cam footage shows Brown Deer police using a Taser on a woman after she allegedly bit an officer at Walmart," 21 Oct. 2019 The driver was forced into a building vestibule and allegedly robbed at gunpoint by Jones as King held the driver by the neck, according to prosecutors. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston man pleads guilty to attempted robbery in series of crimes, officials say," 9 July 2019

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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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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vestibule.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vestibule. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for vestibule

vestibule

noun
How to pronounce vestibule (audio)

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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