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- 4 Portuguese
- 5 Spanish
- 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.
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.
- lobby in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “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)