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[an-tee-room, -roo m] /ˈæn tiˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
a room that admits to a larger room.
Origin of anteroom
1755-65; ante- + room Unabridged
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  • In an anteroom with a water-stained ceiling, people have asked where the remains of their loved ones were found.
  • In the anteroom before going into the show, there were a lot of displays to browse.
  • Status is demonstrated by a private bathroom and an anteroom with two secretaries.
  • They said they preferred to stay in the anteroom and talk about television.
  • The anteroom of the former mansion here features a niche at each corner.
  • The judge then dismissed the jury and the lawyers and judge adjourned to an anteroom.
  • After the show the band retired to an anteroom upstairs.
  • We walk up the concrete stairs to a little anteroom on the next floor.
  • Two staff members moved the body to an isolation anteroom adjacent to trauma one.
  • He was taken by the elbows and squired away into an anteroom behind the stage.
British Dictionary definitions for anteroom


/ˈæntɪˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a room giving entrance to a larger room, often used as a waiting room
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Word Origin and History for anteroom

also ante-room, 1762, literally "a room in front;" after French antichambre, Italian anticamera, from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + camera (see chamber).

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