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[an-tee-cheym-ber] /ˈæn tiˌtʃeɪm bər/
a chamber or room that serves as a waiting room and entrance to a larger room or an apartment; anteroom.
Origin of antechamber
1650-60; earlier antichamber < French antichambre, as translation of Italian anticamera, equivalent to anti- (< Latin ante- ante-) + camera chamber Unabridged
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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
  • We are in the antechamber of the hall where the sarcophagus is bound to be!

  • His presence chamber and his antechamber were in outward show as splendid as when he was at Whitehall.

  • He dashed out into the antechamber, and I heard him bellowing orders.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • 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


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

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

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