|foyer (ˈfɔɪeɪ, ˈfɔɪə)|
|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|
|[C19: from French: fireplace, from Medieval Latin focārius, from Latin focus fire]|
intermediate area between the exterior and interior of a building, especially a theatre. Originally the term was applied only to that area in French theatres, comparable to the greenroom in English theatres, where actors relaxed when they were offstage. Because actors were accustomed to visits by friends during and after performances, such areas came to be large and handsomely decorated.
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