What does lobby mean?

Definitions for lobby
ˈlɒb ilob·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, hall, foyer, lobby, vestibulenoun

    a large entrance or reception room or area

  2. lobbynoun

    the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest

  3. lobby, pressure group, third houseverb

    a group of people who try actively to influence legislation

  4. lobby, buttonholeverb

    detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors


  1. lobbynoun

    scouse (from lobscouse)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lobbynoun

    An opening before a room.

    Etymology: laube, German.

    His lobbies fill with ’tendance,
    Rain sacrificial whisp’rings in his ear,
    Make sacred even his stirrop. William Shakespeare, Tim. of Athens.

    Before the duke’s rising from the table, he stood expecting till he should pass through a kind of lobby between that room and the next, where were divers attending him. Henry Wotton.

    Try your back stairs, and let the lobby wait,
    A stratagem in war is no deceit. William King, Horace.


  1. lobby

    A lobby is a room or area in a building like a hotel or theater used for waiting, hanging out, or transitional space. It is also the act of seeking to influence a politician or public official on a particular issue, or a group or organization involved in such practice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lobbynoun

    a passage or hall of communication, especially when large enough to serve also as a waiting room. It differs from an antechamber in that a lobby communicates between several rooms, an antechamber to one only; but this distinction is not carefully preserved

  2. Lobbynoun

    that part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly; hence, the persons, collectively, who frequent such a place to transact business with the legislators; any persons, not members of a legislative body, who strive to influence its proceedings by personal agency

  3. Lobbynoun

    an apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck

  4. Lobbynoun

    a confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard

  5. Lobbyverb

    to address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes

  6. Lobbyverb

    to urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; as, to lobby a bill

  7. Etymology: [LL. lobium, lobia, laubia, a covered portico fit for walking, fr. OHG. louba, G. laube, arbor. See Lodge.]


  1. Lobby

    A lobby is a room in a building which is used for entry from the outside. Sometimes referred to as a foyer or an entrance hall. Many office buildings, hotels and skyscrapers go to great lengths to decorate their lobbies to create the right impression and convey an image, or "power lobby". Since the mid-1980s there has been a growing trend to think of lobbies as more than just ways to get from the door to the elevator, but instead as social spaces and places of commerce. Some research has even been done to develop scales to measure lobby atmosphere in order to improve hotel lobby design. Many places that offer public services, such as a doctor's office, use their lobbies as more of a waiting room for the people waiting for a certain service. In these types of lobbies it is common for there to be comfortable furniture, such as couches and lounge chairs, so that the customer will be able to wait in comfort. Also, there may be television sets, books, and/or magazines to help the customer pass time as they wait to be served. Supertall skyscrapers can often have one or more of what is known as a sky lobby, which is an intermediate floor where people can change from an express elevator that stops only at the sky lobby to a local elevator which stops at every floor within a segment of the building.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lobby

    lob′i, n. a small hall or waiting-room: a passage serving as a common entrance to several apartments: the ante-chamber of a legislative hall, frequented by outsiders for the purpose of influencing votes.—ns. Lobb′ying, frequenting the lobby to collect political intelligence, &c.; Lobb′yist, Lobb′y-mem′ber, a journalist, &c., who frequents a lobby in the interest of some cause or of a newspaper. [Low L. lobia—Middle High Ger. loube (Ger. laube), a portico, arbour—laub, a leaf.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lobby

    A name sometimes given to an apartment close before the great cabin bulk-head.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lobby' in Nouns Frequency: #2847

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lobby in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lobby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of lobby in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Nader:

    The networks are not some chicken-coop manufacturing lobby whose calls nobody returns.

  2. Robert Jenkins:

    The single greatest risk to financial stability remains excessive leverage in the banking system, some regulators continue to chip away at leverage. The banking lobby is chipping away at the chipping away, and the banking lobby is winning.

  3. Sarah Brady:

    The gun lobby finds waiting periods inconvenient. You have only to ask my husband how inconvenient he finds his wheelchair from time to time.

  4. Robert Jenkins:

    Some regulators continue to chip away at leverage. The banking lobby is chipping away at the chipping away, and the banking lobby is winning.

  5. Alexis McGill Johnson:

    I am seeing a level of rage that we could be living in a world six months from now - where our children have fewer rights than we have now. Don't you love the irony? People who lobby for abortion say, think of the children. Those of us committed to life are thinking of the children, that's precisely why we are opposed to killing them.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. excogitate
    • B. knead
    • C. flub
    • D. abet

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