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Latin vestibulum (vestibule).


vestibulum (plural vestibula)

  1. (zoology) A cavity into which, in certain bryozoans, the esophagus and anus open.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for vestibulum in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



From vesti(ō) (to dress) +‎ -bulum (equivalent to English vest + -ible), probably from the sense of "a place to dress."



vestibulum n (genitive vestibulī); second declension

  1. vestibule, forecourt, an enclosed area at the front of a house.


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative vestibulum vestibula
genitive vestibulī vestibulōrum
dative vestibulō vestibulīs
accusative vestibulum vestibula
ablative vestibulō vestibulīs
vocative vestibulum vestibula


See alsoEdit


  • vestibulum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vestibulum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “vestibulum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • vestibulum” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • vestibulum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • vestibulum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin