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  1. a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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verb (used with object), ves·ti·buled, ves·ti·bul·ing.
  1. to provide with a vestibule.
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Origin of vestibule

First recorded in 1615–25, vestibule is from the Latin word vestibulum forecourt, entrance
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Related Words for vestibule

hallway, foyer, porch, doorway, entrance, portico, entryway, lobby, portal, entry, gateway, hall, narthex, anteroom, antechamber

Examples from the Web for vestibule

Historical Examples of vestibule

  • We were within the vestibule before he had begun to toll the years.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862


  • We passed the vestibule, and at the door his own carriage was waiting.

  • 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.


    Emile Zola

  • Surely there were voices in animated discussion in the vestibule!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

British Dictionary definitions for vestibule


  1. a small entrance hall or anteroom; lobby
  2. any small bodily cavity or space at the entrance to a passage or canal
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Derived Formsvestibular (vɛˈstɪbjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for vestibule

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vestibule in Medicine


  1. 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


  1. 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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