Definitions for: Vestibule


[n] a large entrance or reception room or area
[n] any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)



Webster (1913) Definition: Ves"ti*bule, v. t.
To furnish with a vestibule or vestibules. --Brander
Matthews.


Ves"ti*bule, n. [L. vestibulum, of uncertain origin:
cf. F. vestibule.]
The porch or entrance into a house; a hall or antechamber
next the entrance; a lobby; a porch; a hall.

Vestibule of the ear. (Anat.) See under Ear.

Vestibule of the vulva (Anat.), a triangular space between
the nymph[ae], in which the orifice of the urethra is
situated.

Vestibule train (Railroads), a train of passenger cars
having the space between the end doors of adjacent cars
inclosed, so as to admit of leaving the doors open to
provide for intercommunication between all the cars.

Syn: Hall; passage.

Usage: Vestibule, Hall, Passage. A vestibule is a small
apartment within the doors of a building. A hall is
the first large apartment beyond the vestibule, and,
in the United States, is often long and narrow,
serving as a passage to the several apartments. In
England, the hall is generally square or oblong, and a
long, narrow space of entrance is called a passage,
not a hall, as in America. Vestibule is often used in
a figurative sense to denote a place of entrance.
``The citizens of Rome placed the images of their
ancestors in the vestibules of their houses.''
--Bolingbroke

Synonyms: antechamber, anteroom, entrance hall, foyer, hall, lobby

See Also: bodily cavity, building, cavity, cavum, edifice, narthex, room, vestibule of the ear, vestibule of the vagina

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