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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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  • He took the elevator, descending two floors underground to a small, claustrophobic room-the vault antechamber.
  • As the street cuts through each rectangle, it widens into a sort of antechamber for whatever function the rectangle houses.
  • The antechamber to the artist's studio is recreated in the exhibition.
  • Fragrant and melodious antechamber of the unseen, sleep is a novitiate for the beyond.
  • The grave robbers missed the antechamber, packed with three bronze coffins containing human remains and jewelry.
  • The antechamber must include a stainless steel sliding tray with a stainless steel glide rail.
  • Most dens have a large antechamber at the end of the main tunnel and several side tunnels.
  • But perhaps this is only as it should be for a politician who preferred the antechamber to the orator's podium.
  • The entry hall leads to an antechamber on the left and the living room straight ahead.
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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