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lobby (n.)

1550s, "cloister, covered walk," from Medieval Latin laubia, lobia "covered walk in a monastery," from a Germanic source (compare Old High German louba "hall, roof;" see lodge (n.)).

Meaning "large entrance hall in a public building" is from 1590s; in reference to the House of Commons from 1630s. Political sense of "those who seek to influence legislation" is attested by 1790s in American English, in reference to the custom of influence-seekers gathering in the large entrance-halls outside legislative chambers.

lobby (v.)

"seek to influence legislation" (originally by frequenting the lobby of a legislature, to solicit members), 1826, American English, from lobby (n.) in the political sense. Related: Lobbied; lobbying.

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Definitions of lobby from WordNet
1
lobby (n.)
a large entrance or reception room or area;
Synonyms: anteroom / antechamber / entrance hall / hall / foyer / vestibule
lobby (n.)
the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest;
lobby (n.)
an interest group that tries to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor, typically through lobbying;
Synonyms: special interest / special-interest group / special interest group / advocacy group / lobby group / pressure group / third house
2
lobby (v.)
detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors;
Synonyms: buttonhole
From wordnet.princeton.edu