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VESTIBULE (from Lat. vestibulum)

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Originally appearing in Volume V27, Page 1056 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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VESTIBULE (from Lat. vestibulum), the architectural term given to an antechamber next to the entrance and preceding the hall; it is also applied to the anteroom of any large apartment. The word is connected, like Vesta (q.v.), with the Sanscrit root vas-, to dwell, inhabit. In medieval Latin it was occasion-ally used, instead of vestiarium, for a vestry (see Du Cange, Gloss. med. lat., s.v.), which is derived from Lat. vestis, clothing.
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