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foyer

[foi-er, foi-ey; French fwa-yey] /ˈfɔɪ ər, ˈfɔɪ eɪ; French fwaˈyeɪ/
noun, plural foyers
[foi-erz, -eyz; French fwa-yey] /ˈfɔɪ ərz, -eɪz; French fwaˈyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the lobby of a theater, hotel, or apartment house.
2.
a vestibule or entrance hall in a house or apartment.
Origin of foyer
Gallo-Latin
1855-1860
1855-60; < French: fireplace, hearth (originally a room to which theater audiences went for warmth between the acts) < Gallo-Latin *focārium, equivalent to Latin foc(us) hearth (cf. focus) + -ārium -arium
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foyer

/ˈfɔɪeɪ; ˈfɔɪə/
noun
1.
a hall, lobby, or anteroom, used for reception and as a meeting place, as in a hotel, theatre, cinema, etc
2.
(in Britain) a centre providing accommodation and employment training, etc. for homeless young people
Word Origin
C19: from French: fireplace, from Medieval Latin focārius, from Latin focus fire
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Word Origin and History for foyer
n.

1859, from French foyer "green room, room for actors when not on stage," literally "fireplace," from Old French foier "furnace, stove, hearth, fireplace" (12c.), from Latin focarium, noun use of neuter of adjective focarius "having to do with the hearth," from focus "hearth, fireplace" (see focus (n.)).

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