One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An entrance hall or other open area in a building used by the public, especially a hotel or theater.
entrance hall, hall, hallway, entrance, entry, porch, portico, reception area, atrium, concourse, lobby, vestibule, anteroom, antechamber, outer room, waiting roomView synonyms
- ‘I bought my ticket at the desk in the public foyer - a wonderfully light and airy reception area.’
- ‘In fact, he spends his days driving around, loitering in the foyers of office buildings, and often sleeping in his car at night.’
- ‘Jessica stopped in her tracks when she saw her family waiting in the hotel foyer for her.’
- ‘I was worrying about this in the foyer of a hotel in Paris while waiting for Justin to show up.’
- ‘In addition to new floor finishes and lighting, it features a floating white wall that clads the boundary interfacing the public foyers and the theatres.’
- ‘He stalks the bars and foyers of five-star hotels, disconnected from family and country, isolated and seemingly impenetrable.’
- ‘He spotted the professor in the foyer of the building, about to head to his office.’
- ‘He added that the change would also allow better use to be made of the foyer area.’
- ‘For the theatre audiences, the foyers become vivacious and intimate with the harbour, and for the promenading public the colonnade will provide a shaded respite from Sydney's remorseless western sun.’
- ‘Facilities will include a foyer area, catering, toilets, box office, reception and first aid.’
- ‘A feature of the theatre is that all the foyer areas and the auditorium are accessible to wheelchairs.’
- ‘It was described as an open concept building with a grand foyer and vaulted ceilings.’
- ‘It's three o'clock in the afternoon and I've been waiting an hour for her in the foyer of a London hotel.’
- ‘As part of the revamp, the unique auditorium will remain, with only technical improvements, but there are plans for two new studios, a workshop, expanded offices, dressing rooms and public foyers, and terrace spaces.’
- ‘More than 100 firefighters fought to control the blaze and, although they saved the entrance hall and foyers of the cinema, the auditorium and stage area were totally destroyed.’
- ‘I realise that I have ‘foyer friends’ - people I regularly meet in theatre foyers and see nowhere else.’
- ‘Not too many people were in the hotel foyer, so they didn't cause too much of a scene.’
- ‘It acted as a foyer, a reception area, and an arts space, although we hardly ever displayed any art there.’
- ‘However, the only available land was the space used for coach parking to the south and adjacent to the theatre's entrance and foyers.’
- ‘We had to create a bouquet for the leading lady and a display for the theatre foyer and another using a huge piece of driftwood.’
- 1.1North American An entrance hall in a house or apartment.
entrance hall, hallway, entry, entrance, lobby, vestibule, reception area, atrium, concourseView synonyms
- ‘She noticed the foyer light was on as she approached her house and panic fled through her.’
- ‘He led me out of the room into the foyer of the house, where there was a flight of stairs.’
- ‘The building includes the hall, entrance foyer, offices, storeroom and kitchen.’
- ‘The granite tile wasn't finished in parts of the kitchen and dining nook area, and the foyer.’
- ‘Mia stood in the foyer of the large house, hanging her coat, scarf and gloves on the coat rack.’
- ‘Jay appeared by my side and pulled me into the foyer of the huge house, he led me to a kitchen and handed me a beer.’
Late 18th century (denoting the center of attention or activity): from French, ‘hearth, home’, based on Latin focus ‘domestic hearth’.
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