- 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.
- to provide with a vestibule.
Origin of vestibule
First recorded in 1615–25, vestibule is from the Latin word vestibulum forecourt, entrance
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Examples from the Web for vestibule
We were within the vestibule before he had begun to toll the years.
We passed the vestibule, and at the door his own carriage was waiting.Beaux and Belles of England
In the vestibule he slipped a half-crown into the attendant's hand.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Thereupon Morange showed his guest into the vestibule as if he were ushering him into a temple.Fruitfulness
Surely there were voices in animated discussion in the vestibule!A Nest of Spies
- a small entrance hall or anteroom; lobby
- any small bodily cavity or space at the entrance to a passage or canal
C17: from Latin vestibulum
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
- A cavity, chamber, or channel that leads to or is an entrance to another cavity, especially that of the ear.
- 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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