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[foi-er, foi-ey; French fwa-yey] /ˈfɔɪ ər, ˈfɔɪ eɪ; French fwaˈyeɪ/
noun, plural foyers
[foi-erz, -eyz; French fwa-yey] /ˈfɔɪ ərz, -eɪz; French fwaˈyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
the lobby of a theater, hotel, or apartment house.
a vestibule or entrance hall in a house or apartment.
Origin of foyer
1855-60; < French: fireplace, hearth (originally a room to which theater audiences went for warmth between the acts) < Gallo-Latin *focārium, equivalent to Latin foc(us) hearth (cf. focus) + -ārium -arium Unabridged
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  • My heart was heavy, though, as I went back to the foyer, where I had left my hat.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The rehearsals began in the foyer, which troubled me very much.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • She clucked at the sight of the pool of water he was creating in her foyer.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • At that moment Yoga Rama came into the foyer, and he was accused by us of having been able to see.

    Telepathy W. W. Baggally
  • Something had whisked past the archway leading into the foyer.

    The Doorway Evelyn E. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for foyer


/ˈfɔɪeɪ; ˈfɔɪə/
a hall, lobby, or anteroom, used for reception and as a meeting place, as in a hotel, theatre, cinema, etc
(in Britain) a centre providing accommodation and employment training, etc. for homeless young people
Word Origin
C19: from French: fireplace, from Medieval Latin focārius, from Latin focus fire
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Word Origin and History for foyer

1859, from French foyer "green room, room for actors when not on stage," literally "fireplace," from Old French foier "furnace, stove, hearth, fireplace" (12c.), from Latin focarium, noun use of neuter of adjective focarius "having to do with the hearth," from focus "hearth, fireplace" (see focus (n.)).

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