AskDefine | Define vestibule

Dictionary Definition



1 a large entrance or reception room or area [syn: anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, hall, foyer, lobby]
2 any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)

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Its origin is early 17th century from French, from vestibulum.


  1. a passage, hall or room between the outer door and the interior of a building, such as a lobby
  2. enclosed entrance at the end of a railway passenger car
  3. (anatomy, by analogy) bodily cavity, serving as or resembling an entrance to another bodily space
  4. A gateway to another dimension.


Extensive Definition

Vestibule or Vestibulum can have the following meanings, each primarily based upon a common origin, from early 17th century French, derived from Latin vestibulum, -i n. "entrance court".


In general, vestibule is a small space or cavity at the beginning of a canal.


See: Vestibule (architecture)
  • a large entrance
  • a lobby, entrance hall, or passage between the outer door and the interior of a building
  • an enclosed area between two rail cars
  • a reception area
  • a footstool
  • a toilet
  • a bar-stool
  • an antechamber
  • an entry room
  • a laundry shoot in an American apartment building
  • a passageway acting as an airlock between two environments
  • a covered section between the outer opening and inner opening of a tent, typically used for the storage of boots, packs and small equipment.




External links

vestibule in Czech: Vestibul
vestibule in German: Vestibül
vestibule in French: Vestibule
vestibule in Italian: Vestibolo
vestibule in Polish: Westybul

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Eustachian tube, access, adit, air lock, antechamber, anteroom, anvil, approach, auditory apparatus, auditory canal, auditory meatus, auditory nerve, auditory ossicles, auditory tube, auricle, basilar membrane, bony labyrinth, cauliflower ear, cochlea, conch, concha, corridor, drumhead, ear, ear lobe, eardrum, endolymph, entrance, entrance hall, entranceway, entry, entryway, external ear, foyer, galilee, gangplank, gangway, hall, hammer, in, incus, ingress, inlet, inner ear, intake, lobby, lobe, lobule, lug, malleus, mastoid process, means of access, middle ear, narthex, opening, organ of Corti, outer ear, oval window, passage, passageway, perilymph, pinna, portal, portico, propylaeum, round window, secondary eardrum, semicircular canals, shell, stapes, stirrup, stoa, threshold, tympanic cavity, tympanic membrane, tympanum, way, way in
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