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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The Maxfield 4 has all the basics of a good group-backpacking tent: a roomy 44 inches of peak headroom, 53 square inches of floor space, and an 18-square-inch vestibule. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Camping Gear at Summer Outdoor Retailer," 19 June 2019 Work has included a new safety vestibule, improved kitchen and dining space, gym and corridor flooring, asbestos abatement, painting, electrical work, signage, landscaping and parking lot improvements. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "New road drives up Elm Place Middle School transition costs," 13 June 2019 Ample room in the vestibule for your gear, and enough room inside to sit up. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tents for Camping and Backpacking," 22 Mar. 2019 After leaving the study, the group traveled down to a vestibule, located just at the entrance of the Castle, where Smithson's remains are entombed in an ornate sepulcher. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Mr. Smithson’s Family Goes to Washington," 14 June 2019 The administration recommends replacing the existing glazing of the interior locked doors of the vestibule with new security glazing at the administration building, according to the report. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Glenbrook 225 to bid on school entrance safety projects," 22 May 2018 Chandler, meanwhile is stuck in an ATM vestibule having a flirtation fail with model-of-the-hour Jill Goodacre. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Jennifer Aniston now says she's up for a 'Friends' reunion," 5 June 2019 Along with an optional additional vestibule, REI also offers the tent in four- and eight-person models. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "This Spring’s 11 Best Camping Tents," 1 May 2019 PreCheck members get assigned to PreCheck vestibules. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Airport of Tomorrow," 11 Dec. 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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