ante-room

anteroom

[an-tee-room, -room]
noun
1.
a room that admits to a larger room.

Origin:
1755–65; ante- + room

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anteroom (ˈæntɪˌruːm, -ˌrʊm)
 
n
a room giving entrance to a larger room, often used as a waiting room

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anteroom
1762, after Fr. antichambre, It. anticamera, from L. ante "before" + chamber. Lit. "a room in front."
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