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Meaning of VESTIBULE

Pronunciation:  'vestu`byool

WordNet Dictionary
  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)

VESTIBULE is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ves"ti*bule\, v. t.
    To furnish with a vestibule or vestibules. --Brander
  2. \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
    {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.''
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: bony cavity of the inner ear.