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.

Definitions of vestibule
  1. noun
    a large entrance or reception room or area
    synonyms: antechamber, anteroom, entrance hall, foyer, hall, lobby
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    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. noun
    any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)
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    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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