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- Rhymes: -ɒbi
From Old French *lobie, from Medieval Latin lobium, lobia, laubia (“a portico, covered way, gallery”), from Old High German laubia (“roof, hall”) or Frankish *laubija (“arbour, shelter”); both from Proto-Germanic *laubijō (“roof, ceiling, covering”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ- (“to beak off, peel, damage”). Related to Old English lēaf (“foliage”). More at leaf.
Political sense from entrance hall of legislatures, where people traditionally tried to influence legislators because it was the easiest place to meet them.
lobby (plural lobbies)
- An entryway or reception area; vestibule; passageway; corridor.
- I had to wait in the lobby for hours before seeing the doctor.
- That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly.
- A class or group of people who try to influence public officials; collectively, lobbyists.
- The influence of the tobacco lobby has decreased considerably in the US.
- (video games) A virtual area where players can chat and find opponents for a game.
- (nautical) An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
- A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges, trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
- A margin along either side of the playing field in the sport of kabaddi.
- (intransitive, transitive) To attempt to influence (a public official or decision-maker) in favor of a specific opinion or cause.
- For years, pro-life groups have continued to lobby hard for restrictions on abortion.
- Noah Webster (1913), “lobby”, in Noah Porter, editor, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company
- “lobby”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- lobby at OneLook Dictionary Search
lobby m (plural lobbies)
- (advocacy group): groupe de pression
- “lobby” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
lobby f (invariable)
- lobby (group of people; hall of a bank)
- lóbi (uncommon)
- (politics) lobby (group of people who try to influence public officials)
- lobby (reception area of a large building)
- (Internet) lobby (virtual area where users find other users to a start a private conversation or video-game match with)
lobby m (plural lobbys)
- lobby (group of people who try to influence public officials)