AskDefine | Define lobby

Dictionary Definition



1 a large entrance or reception room or area [syn: anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, hall, foyer, vestibule]
2 a group of people who try actively to influence legislation [syn: pressure group, third house] v : detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors [syn: buttonhole] [also: lobbied]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An entryway or waiting area; vestibule.
    • I had to wait in the lobby for hours before seeing the doctor.
  2. The class or group of people who try to lobby or influence public officials; collectively, lobbyists.
    • The influence of the tobacco lobby has decreased considerably in the US.


  1. scouse (from lobscouse)
    • My mam cooked us lobby for tea last night.


  1. In the context of "intransitive|transitive": To attempt to influence (a public official or decision-maker) in favor of a specific opinion or cause.
    • For years, pro-life groups have continued to lobby hard for restrictions on abortion.
    • The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government. -- Jim Hightower
To attempt to influence

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Lobby may refer to:
  • Lobby (room), an entranceway or foyer in a building
  • Lobbying, the action or the group used to influence a viewpoint to politicians
  • Lobby (food), a thick stew made in North Staffordshire, not unlike Lancashire Hotpot
  • Lobby (band), a Slovak Eurodance band
lobby in Czech: Lobby
lobby in German: Lobby
lobby in French: Lobby (homonymie)
lobby in Chinese: 大堂

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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