Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hall, foyer, or waiting room at or near the entrance to a building, such as a hotel or theater.
  • n. A public room next to the assembly chamber of a legislative body.
  • n. A group of persons engaged in trying to influence legislators or other public officials in favor of a specific cause: the banking lobby; the labor lobby.
  • intransitive v. To try to influence the thinking of legislators or other public officials for or against a specific cause: lobbying for stronger environmental safeguards; lobbied against the proliferation of nuclear arms.
  • transitive v. To try to influence public officials on behalf of or against (proposed legislation, for example): lobbied the bill through Congress; lobbied the bill to a negative vote.
  • transitive v. To try to influence (an official) to take a desired action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. scouse (from lobscouse)
  • n. An entryway or reception area; vestibule; passageway; corridor.
  • n. A class or group of people who try to lobby or influence public officials; collectively, lobbyists.
  • n. A virtual area where players can chat and find opponents for a game.
  • v. To attempt to influence (a public official or decision-maker) in favor of a specific opinion or cause.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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
  • n. An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
  • n. A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
  • intransitive v. To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes; in an extended sense, to try to influence decision-makers in any circumstance.
  • transitive v. To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; ; -- also used with the legislators as object.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inclosed space surrounding or communicating with one or more apartments.
  • n. Nautical, an apartment immediately before the captain's cabin.
  • n. Persons who occupy or resort to the lobby or the approaches to a legislative chamber for the purpose of transacting business with the members, and especially of influencing their official action or votes.
  • To frequent the lobby of a legislature or other deliberative body for the purpose of influencing the official action of members; solicit votes from members, whether in the lobby or elsewhere.
  • To promote or carry by solicitation of legislative favor or votes: as, to lobby a measure through Congress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
  • n. a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
  • n. a large entrance or reception room or area
  • n. the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest

Etymologies

Medieval Latin lobia, monastic cloister, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French *lobie, from Medieval Latin lobium, lobia, laubia ("a portico, covered way, gallery") , from Old High German or Middle High German. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Long Pavilion, for instance, which houses the main lobby, is positioned to catch the prevailing winds, so it stays cool without air-conditioning.

    Barefoot Luxury

  • P.S. And of course the penguin lobby is fabulously out of control.

    When the Joke's On You

  • Anticipation for Chili Day, happening today 11: 45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby is at an all-time high, thanks in part to some eco-friendly decisions made by organizers.

    We put the FUN in fundraising

  • The Saudi-led component of the lobby is the most insidious.

    Arab lobby’s unseen influence

  • For an extra £5, the receptionist will tell you that the woman who just walked through the lobby is a fellow guest, when it's actually his wife.

    A holiday of the last resort

  • Pew's use of the word "lobby" led to the Nov. 21 Washington Post headline "Religious lobbying groups multiply on Capitol Hill," and the Post's declaration that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stands among the "biggest spenders."

    Sister Mary Ann Walsh: Pew Religious Advocacy Report: Why Comparing Apples And Oranges Leads To Lemons

  • They own most oil and gas reserves in the world and their lobby is awesome; what we need is a President who can stand up to them and give power back (literally) to us, the PEOPLE!!!

    Commercializing Solar Power with Molten Salt | Inhabitat

  • FREED: Now, something else that the airlines are doing here, we spoke to United, and they say that rather than wait for the problem to fly in more staff and more people to handle it, they're saying just in case it happens again, they already have enough staff on the ground here, so they can keep their -- what they call their lobby areas or their ticket check-in counter areas going 24 hours a day, just in case -- Heidi.

    CNN Transcript Dec 28, 2006

  • They have made countless attempts to make sure that the inurance lobby is satisfied.

    GOP chairman isn't sure who his insurance provider is

  • This man should follow every outburst with "This has been a paid political announcement by ___________" Just fill in the blank with whatever the lobby is that is buying him for that week.

    Obama, GOP trade barbs in health care fight

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