foyer

[ foi-er, foi-ey; French fwa-yey ]
/ ˈfɔɪ ər, ˈfɔɪ eɪ; French fwaˈyeɪ /

noun, plural foy·ers [foi-erz, -eyz; French fwa-yey]. /ˈfɔɪ ərz, -eɪz; French fwaˈyeɪ/.

the lobby of a theater, hotel, or apartment house.
a vestibule or entrance hall in a house or apartment.

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for foyer

foyer
/ (ˈfɔɪeɪ, ˈfɔɪə) /

noun

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 for foyer

C19: from French: fireplace, from Medieval Latin focārius, from Latin focus fire
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