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[an-tee-room, -roo m] /ˈæn tiˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
a room that admits to a larger room.
Origin of anteroom
1755-65; ante- + room Unabridged
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  • In an anteroom at the right women had been stripped and exposed to the gaze of brutal men.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Then he leapt back again, and his leap brought him to the threshold of the anteroom.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • The dressing room, apodyterium, was usually entered from the court through a passageway or anteroom.

  • Was he going to die here in an anteroom at the hands of this common soldier?

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • An anteroom is crowded with divers persons, all messengers in the various negotiations of pleasure.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Was that the man who passed me in the anteroom before I was shown in here?

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • The star speaker meanwhile refreshed himself in the anteroom with tea, tobacco and conversation as before.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
British Dictionary definitions for anteroom


/ˈæntɪˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a room giving entrance to a larger room, often used as a waiting room
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anteroom

also ante-room, 1762, literally "a room in front;" after French antichambre, Italian anticamera, from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + camera (see chamber).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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