- an entrance hall, corridor, or vestibule, as in a public building, often serving as an anteroom; foyer.
- a large public room or hall adjacent to a legislative chamber.
- a group of persons who work or conduct a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to the group's special interest.
- to solicit or try to influence the votes of members of a legislative body.
- to try to influence the actions of (public officials, especially legislators).
- to urge or procure the passage of (a bill), by lobbying.
Origin of lobby
Examples from the Web for lobby
There was an air of excitement and anticipation in the lobby as showtime approached.I Was Honeydicked Into Spending Christmas with ‘The Interview’
December 26, 2014
Conservative hit man turned liberal media critic David Brock, spotted smoking an e-cigarette in the lobby.Team Clinton Prepares for the Other Side of If
November 22, 2014
I will now confess that I spent some time in the lobby of the Willard Hotel myself.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
Last week, I sat down with Kristen Stewart in the lobby lounge of the Greenwich Hotel in downtown New York.The Right-Wing Crusade Against KStew: How Fear Factories Like Breitbart and Fox Distort News
October 16, 2014
Those agency heads were rarely encouraged to take their own initiative or lobby for priorities.Obama’s Ex-CIA Chief Slams White House for ‘Hesitation and Half Steps’
October 3, 2014
Before we reached the lobby, John came from somewhere, hurrying towards us.The Bacillus of Beauty
It was like—why, it was like selling eggs in the lobby of the Hotel International!Made in Tanganyika
Carl Richard Jacobi
And Mr. Lavender found himself, with Mr. Crackamup, in the lobby.The Burning Spear
The clerk nodded, then saw the doctor coming through the lobby.
She went quickly downstairs in the elevator, and repaired to a booth in the lobby.
- a room or corridor used as an entrance hall, vestibule, etc
- mainly British a hall in a legislative building used for meetings between the legislators and members of the public
- Also called: division lobby mainly British one of two corridors in a legislative building in which members vote
- a group of persons who attempt to influence legislators on behalf of a particular interest
- to attempt to influence (legislators, etc) in the formulation of policy
- (intr) to act in the manner of a lobbyist
- (tr) to apply pressure or influence for the passage of (a bill, etc)
Word Origin and History for lobby
1530s, "cloister, covered walk," from Medieval Latin laubia, lobia "covered walk in a monastery," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German louba "hall, roof;" see lodge (n.)). Meaning "large entrance hall in a public building" is from 1590s. Political sense of "those who seek to influence legislation" is attested by 1790s in American English, in reference to the custom of influence-seekers gathering in large entrance-halls outside legislative chambers.
"seek to influence legislation," 1826, American English, from lobby (n.). Related: Lobbied; lobbying.
A group whose members share certain goals and work to bring about the passage, modification, or defeat of laws that affect these goals. Lobbies (also called interest groups or pressure groups) can be long-standing (such as minority groups struggling to have their civil rights guaranteed) or ad hoc (such as a community threatened by proposed construction of a nuclear power plant). Lobbies may use grassroots methods, such as local rallies and campaigns, to build support for their cause and often employ professional lobbyists, who testify before congressional committees and approach policymakers in all government branches. Powerful lobbies, such as the AFL-CIO and the American Legion, with millions of members, have succeeded in establishing influence in Washington, D.C.