Lobby vs Lounge - What's the difference?

lobby | lounge |

As nouns the difference between lobby and lounge

is that lobby is lobby (class or group of people who try to lobby or influence public officials; collectively, lobbyists) while lounge is lounge (waiting room).



Etymology 1

From (etyl) *(term), from , from (etyl) or (etyl).


  • An entryway or reception area; vestibule; passageway; corridor.
  • I had to wait in the lobby for hours before seeing the doctor.
  • That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly.
  • A class or group of people who try to influence public officials; collectively, lobbyists.
  • The influence of the tobacco lobby has decreased considerably in the US.
  • (video games) A virtual area where players can chat and find opponents for a game.
  • (nautical) An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
  • A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges, trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
  • Derived terms
    * gun lobby


  • (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.
  • * 2002 , (Jim Hightower), in
  • The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Schumpeter
  • , title= Cronies and capitols , passage=Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector.}}

    Etymology 2


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



    (en noun)
  • A waiting room in an office, airport etc.
  • A domestic living room.
  • * 1954 , Alexander Alderson, The Subtle Minotaur , chapter 18:
  • The lounge was furnished in old English oak and big Knole settees. There were rugs from Tabriz and Kerman on the highly polished floor. A table lamp was fashioned from a silver Egyptian hookah.
  • An establishment, similar to a bar, that serves alcohol and often plays background music or shows television.
  • A large comfortable seat for two or three people or more, a sofa or couch; also called lounge chair .
  • The act of one who lounges; idle reclining.
  • * 1849 , The Knickerbocker (volume 33, page 198)
  • That is, he devoted his waking hours to lounges among the habitu├ęs of Chestnut-street, and lollings in an arm-chair of 'Squire Coke in Walnut-street.


    * (living room) loungeroom (Australia ) * (pub) See also


  • To relax; to spend time lazily; to stand, sit, or recline, in an indolent manner.
  • * J. Hannay
  • We lounge over the sciences, dawdle through literature, yawn over politics.

    Derived terms

    * chaise lounge * cocktail lounge * liquor lounge * lounge bag * lounge chair * lounge lizard * lounge music * lounge room


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