from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hall at the entrance to a dwelling-house or other building.


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  • Sir Bingo got up with reluctance, which he testified by two or three deep growls, as he followed the rest of the company into the outer apartment, which served as an entrance-hall, and divided the dining-parlour from the tea-room, as it was called.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • My companions had remained in an entrance-hall, and I was alone with the gods.

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  • Going down-stairs, conducted by his host, he found the Obenreizer counting-house at the back of the entrance-hall, and several shabby men in outlandish garments hanging about, whom

    No Thoroughfare

  • These rooms, lying parallel to one another, were separated by a staircase, in front of which was a sort of peristyle which formed an entrance-hall, on which the two suits of rooms on either side opened.

    A Start in Life

  • This parlor, at the very end of the vast entrance-hall of the Conciergerie, and lighted by loop-holes on the yard side, has lately been opened out towards the back, and the opening filled with glass, so that the interviews of the lawyers with their clients are under supervision.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • It was faced with brown stone, and had a very handsome entrance-hall and staircase.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • At the back, a door to the right leads to the entrance-hall, another to the left leads to Helmer's study.

    A Doll's House

  • In the entrance-hall I was somewhat surprised, and my fair companion still more so, when we met Rashleigh Osbaldistone, who could not help showing equal wonder at our rencontre.

    Rob Roy

  • The club was a dingy building, three pretentious old dwellings knocked together, and the entrance-hall resembled a potato cellar, yet the


  • ARTHUR had chosen the entrance-hall for the ballroom: very wisely, for no other room could have heen so airy, or would have had the advantage of the wide doors opening into the garden, as well as a ready entrance into the other rooms.

    Adam Bede


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