A large xylophone with hollow gourds as resonators, used in West African music.
Via French from Manding bala ‘xylophone’ + fo ‘to play’.
“You could hear the balafon resonating across the crowd.”
An antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building.
Early 17th century (denoting the space in front of the main entrance of a classical Roman or Greek building): from French, or from Latin vestibulum ‘entrance court’.