ante chamber


a chamber or room that serves as a waiting room and entrance to a larger room or an apartment; anteroom.

1650–60; earlier antichamber < French antichambre, as translation of Italian anticamera, equivalent to anti- (< Latin ante- ante-) + camera chamber Unabridged
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antechamber (ˈæntɪˌtʃeɪmbə)
another name for anteroom
[C17: from Old French, from Italian anticamera; see ante-, chamber]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from Fr. antichambre (16c.), on analogy of It. anticamera (see ante and chamber).
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