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antechamber

[an-tee-cheym-ber] /ˈæn tiˌtʃeɪm bər/
noun
1.
a chamber or room that serves as a waiting room and entrance to a larger room or an apartment; anteroom.
Origin of antechamber
1650-1660
1650-60; earlier antichamber < French antichambre, as translation of Italian anticamera, equivalent to anti- (< Latin ante- ante-) + camera chamber
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  • When he had gone to the antechamber he heard a light knocking at the door; Pani Emilia had given orders to remove the bell.

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • He dashed out into the antechamber, and I heard him bellowing orders.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • His presence chamber and his antechamber were in outward show as splendid as when he was at Whitehall.

  • We are in the antechamber of the hall where the sarcophagus is bound to be!

  • The good man must have turned back to Jeanne, where she waited for him in courtyard or antechamber, with a heavy heart.

    Jeanne d'Arc Mrs.(Margaret) Oliphant
  • As he attended her through the antechamber, she pointed to the statue of the pearl-diver.

    The Marble Faun, Volume I. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Adela followed him to the antechamber, and dismissing the attendants, concerted with him the arrangements for the pageant.

  • Beyond this was the principal entrance-hall or antechamber of the palace.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
  • And immediately he entered the antechamber, as she had commanded him, and the eunuch was silent, and said no more.

British Dictionary definitions for antechamber

antechamber

/ˈæntɪˌtʃeɪmbə/
noun
1.
another name for anteroom
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Italian anticamera; see ante-, chamber
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Word Origin and History for antechamber
n.

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

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