Definition of vestibule
1a : a passage, hall, or room between the outer door and the interior of a building : lobbyb : 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 asa : 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 containsb : the part of the left ventricle below the aortic orificec : the space between the labia minora containing the orifice of the urethrad : the part of the mouth cavity outside the teeth and gums
3 : a course that offers access (as to something new)
vestibuledplay \-ˌbyüld\ adjective
Examples of vestibule in a Sentence
please leave your wet boots in the vestibule
Recent Examples of vestibule from the Web
The facade and vestibule would be saved only because the city included it in a covenant as part of the building's sale.
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Origin and Etymology of vestibule
Latin vestibulum forecourt
First Known Use: 1726
VESTIBULE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vestibule for English Language Learners
: an entrance hall inside a building
VESTIBULE Defined for Kids
Definition of vestibule for Students
: a hall or room between the outer door and the inside part of a building
Medical Definition of vestibule
: any of various bodily cavities especially when serving as or resembling an entrance to some other cavity or space: asa (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 labyrinthb: the space between the labia minora containing the orifice of the urethrac: the part of the left ventricle of the heart immediately below the aortic orificed: the part of the mouth cavity outside the teeth and gums
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