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[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)
the lobby of a theater, hotel, or apartment house.
a vestibule or entrance hall in a house or apartment.
Origin of foyer
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for foyer
  • Apartment has hardwood floors throughout and the washer and dryer are located in foyer area.
  • Anyone left indifferent by the house's exterior will surely be knocked flat by the foyer.
  • But outside the study lounge, in the foyer of the campus library, a handful of people silently protested.
  • Includes four performance halls, cinema complex, and inviting foyer with café and exhibits.
  • As it happened, she arrived before he did and was waiting for him in the foyer.
  • The stench of ammonia wafts from the group bathroom across the foyer.
  • It was all laid out in the foyer for all to see as they check out.
  • Teachers and engineers in the foyer of a local hotel have set up a committee to collect weapons.
  • Try paying attention, say, to all the potted plants you see en route-then retrace your steps from fern to ficus to foyer.
  • The emptiness of the rationalizations, however, is only the foyer of the problem.
British Dictionary definitions for foyer


/ˈfɔɪeɪ; ˈfɔɪə/
a hall, lobby, or anteroom, used for reception and as a meeting place, as in a hotel, theatre, cinema, etc
(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

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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