['lɒbɪ] or ['lɑbi]


(noun.) a group of people who try actively to influence legislation.

(noun.) the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest.

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

Edited by Fred--From WordNet


(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; any persons, not members of a legislative body, who strive to influence its proceedings by personal agency.

(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.

(v. i.) To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes.

(v. t.) To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; as, to lobby a bill.

Editor: Ned


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.

Editor: Orville


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