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[ves-tuh-byool] /ˈvɛs təˌbyul/
a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.
Railroads. an enclosed space at the end of a passenger car, serving as a sheltered entrance to the car from another car or from outside the train.
Anatomy, Zoology. any of various cavities or hollows regarded as forming an approach or entrance to another cavity or space, as that of the internal ear.
verb (used with object), vestibuled, vestibuling.
to provide with a vestibule.
Origin of vestibule
1615-25; < Latin vestibulum forecourt, entrance Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vestibule
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  • He verified this on mounting the steps and peering into the vestibule through the strip of window at the sides of the outer door.

  • He took off his boots in the vestibule and went upstairs quietly.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • He passed through the vestibule and opened the first glass door.

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • There is no other path to the throne but through the vestibule.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • A layer of wood not a twenty-fifth of an inch thick is left intact at the end of the vestibule.

  • Well might this place be called, at least at that time, the vestibule of hell!

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • And now Charlie Mershone stepped from his hiding place and with a satirical smile entered the vestibule and looked at his watch.

  • Opening the hall door with stealthy fingers, she stepped into the vestibule.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • Kiss her in the vestibule before ringing the door-bell, as if we were plebeian sweethearts?

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • The prothyrum, in Greek architecture, was the same as the vestibule.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for vestibule


a small entrance hall or anteroom; lobby
any small bodily cavity or space at the entrance to a passage or canal
Derived Forms
vestibular (vɛˈstɪbjʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vestibulum
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Word Origin and History for vestibule

1620s, "a porch," later "antechamber, lobby" (1730), from French vestible, from Latin vestibulum "forecourt, entrance," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vestibule in Medicine

vestibule ves·ti·bule (věs'tə-byōōl')
A cavity, chamber, or channel that leads to or is an entrance to another cavity, especially that of the ear.

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vestibule in Science
An oval cavity in the inner ear that together with the semicircular canals makes up the organ that maintains equilibrium in vertebrates.
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