vestibule

A vestibule is a little area just inside the main door of a building, but before a second door. You often find vestibules in churches, because they help keep heat from escaping every time someone enters or exits.

The noun vestibule, pronounced "VES-tih-bule," probably comes from the Latin word vestibulum, which means “entrance court.” From about 1880 to 1930 vestibules were popular features in new homes because they create an additional barrier that keeps heat or cool air in and street noise out. If you have a vestibule, you can hang coats and leave shoes and gloves there instead of bringing them into the living room, kitchen and so on.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: vestibule

1
n
a large entrance or reception room or area
2
n
any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: vestibule
1

n a large entrance or reception room or area

Synonyms:
antechamber, anteroom, entrance hall, foyer, hall, lobby
Types:
narthex
a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
Type of:
room
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
2

n any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)

Types:
vestibule of the ear
the central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the ear
vestibule of the vagina
the space between the labia minora containing the orifice of the urethra
Type of:
bodily cavity, cavity, cavum
(anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
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