Definition of foyer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɔɪeɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔɪər//
    In the theatre, Staying in a hotel
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  1. 1 a large open space inside the entrance of a theatre or hotel where people can meet or wait synonym lobby I’ll meet you in the foyer at 7 o’clock. An elegant foyer leads directly to the living room. Wordfinderartistic director, auditorium, balcony, box office, circle, director, foyer, stage, the stalls, theatre See related entries: In the theatre, Staying in a hotel
  2. 2 (North American English) an entrance hall in a private house or flat/apartment
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent. (denoting the ‘centre of attention or activity’): from French, ‘hearth, home’, based on Latin focus ‘domestic hearth’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: foyer