What does the word lobby mean?

Usage examples for lobby

  1. They passed the hotel and made straight for the county clerk's office, too absorbed in their mission to observe that their passing had brought the three newspaper men from the hotel lobby. – The Thunder Bird by B. M. Bower
  2. He found Big George in the lobby staring with fascinated eyes at his finger- nails, which were strangely purified and glossy. – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach