[ 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), ves·ti·buled, ves·ti·bul·ing.

to provide with a vestibule.

Origin of vestibule

First recorded in 1615–25, vestibule is from the Latin word vestibulum forecourt, entrance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for vestibule

/ (ˈvɛstɪˌbjuːl) /


a small entrance hall or anteroom; lobby
any small bodily cavity or space at the entrance to a passage or canal

Derived forms of vestibule

vestibular (vɛˈstɪbjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for vestibule

C17: from Latin vestibulum
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Medical definitions for vestibule

[ vĕstə-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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Scientific definitions for vestibule

[ vĕstə-byōōl′ ]

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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