Early 17th century, borrowed from French vestibule (“entrance court”), from Latin vestibulum (“forecourt, entrance court; entrance”), from vestiō (“to dress, clothe, vest”) + -bulum (“place, location”, nominal suffix). Doublet of vestibulum.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈvɛ.stɪ.bjuːl/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈvɛ.stəˌbjul/
vestibule (plural vestibules)
- (architecture) An antechamber, passage, hall or room between the outer door and the interior of a building. [from the 17th c.]
- 1913, Beda Julius Kleinschmidt, “Vestibule”, in Catholic Encyclopedia:
- The purpose of the vestibule, at least in western Europe, was not to provide a resting-place for penitents, but to deaden the noise outside.
- Synonym: lobby
- (anatomy) Any of a number of body cavities or channels, serving as or resembling an entrance to another bodily space. [from the 18th c.]
- 1838, Joseph Garland, “Formation of the Ear”, in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, volume 17, page 333:
- The membrane of the vestibule in this animal is thrown into three folds. The margins of these folds, looking towards the vestibule, are approximated, and, following the law which is now known to regulate the formation of hollow tubes, doubtless unite and coalesce in the next higher species of fish.
- 1920, Jacob Parsons Schaeffer, The Nose, Paranasal Sinuses, Nasolacrimal Passageways, and Olfactory Organ in Man: A Genetic, Developmental, and Anatomico-physiological Consideration, page 73:
- The Vestibule (vestibulum nasi). — The paired vestibule may be considered an antechamber to the nasal fossa.
- The central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the inner ear or the parts (such as the saccule and utricle) of the membranous labyrinth that it contains.
- The part of the left ventricle below the aortic orifice.
- The part of the mouth outside the teeth and gums.
- 2001, René Malek, Cleft Lip and Palate: Lesions, Pathophysiology and Primary Treatment, page 79:
- The incision of the mucosa over the premaxilla is traced a millimetre or two from the furrow that marks the bottom of the barely-defined vestibule.
- Clipping of : the space in the vulva between the labia minora and into which both the urethra and vagina open.
- (transitive) To furnish with a vestibule or vestibules.
- 1892, Brander Matthews, In the Vestibule Limited:
- the vestibuled platform
- “vestibule”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “vestibule”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary, (Please provide a date or year).
vestibule m (plural vestibules)