vestibule

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noun ves·ti·bule \ ˈves-tə-ˌbyül \

Definition of vestibule

1 a :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)

vestibuled

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Examples of vestibule in a Sentence

  1. please leave your wet boots in the vestibule

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Origin and Etymology of vestibule

Latin vestibulum forecourt

Other Railroad Terms


VESTIBULE Defined for English Language Learners

vestibule

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Definition of vestibule for English Language Learners

  • : an entrance hall inside a building


VESTIBULE Defined for Kids

vestibule

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noun ves·ti·bule \ ˈve-stə-ˌbyül \

Definition of vestibule for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

vestibule

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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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