[ 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
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Examples from the Web for vestibule
Hamdi Effendi, having anticipated our intention, cut off our retreat in the vestibule.
She let her stand in the vestibule and went back to the foot of a staircase.
This is the most ancient Christian catacomb, as may be seen from the paintings and brickwork of the vestibule.
The room of which I have spoken was reached by a great staircase entered through a vestibule of columns.
British Dictionary definitions for vestibule
Derived Formsvestibular (vɛˈstɪbjʊlə), adjective
a small entrance hall or anteroom; lobby
any small bodily cavity or space at the entrance to a passage or canal
Word Origin for vestibule
C17: from Latin vestibulum
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Word Origin and History for vestibulen.
1620s, "a porch," later "antechamber, lobby" (1730), from French vestible, from Latin vestibulum "forecourt, entrance," of unknown origin.
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Medicine definitions for vestibule
A cavity, chamber, or channel that leads to or is an entrance to another cavity, especially that of the ear.
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Science definitions for vestibule
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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