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

The front office includes an educational Panopticon - an office administrator who will have views of the main approach, the vestibule and some of the hallways from one seat, Slagle said. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "New high school in Michigan designed to cut the killing potential of a mass shooter," 22 Aug. 2019 There will also be a secured visitor entry vestibule and other safety features. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD hosts groundbreaking for Elementary No. 29 in Atascocita, which opens August 2020," 22 Aug. 2019 The gift card had been found in the vestibule of the store and turned in. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted: ‘People tell me I am lucky. I think I was very lucky’," 10 Aug. 2019 Theft: Cove Avenue: An apartment resident reported July 25 that a package was taken from the vestibule of his building that afternoon. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Apartment and home burglaries reported: Lakewood Police Blotter," 3 Aug. 2019 Thousands of commuters are being forced onto other NJ Transit services, where passengers must stand in cars and vestibules for longer-than-usual journeys as trains make additional stops. Paul Berger, WSJ, "NJ Transit Staffing Shortages Lead to Summer Delays and Overcrowding," 3 Aug. 2018 Torn in war, faded by time, Rhode Island’s collection of 80 historic battle flags were placed for public view a century ago inside bronze and glass cases in vestibules at the State House. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, "Historic flags remain in storage, more than two years after they were removed from State House for restoration," 15 July 2019 This versatile, three-season tent has a simple setup with no rain fly, a shockingly high head clearance of 78 inches, and a removable front vestibule for protecting your bags and shoes. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Need Outdoors Gear? 13 Deals From the REI 4th of July Sale," 3 July 2019 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

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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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