Antechamber An"te*cham`ber, n. [Cf. F. antichambre.] 1. A chamber or apartment before the chief apartment and leading into it, in which persons wait for audience; an outer chamber. See {Lobby}. [1913 Webster]

2. A space viewed as the outer chamber or the entrance to an interior part. [1913 Webster]

The mouth, the antechamber to the digestive canal. --Todd & Bowman. [1913 Webster]

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  • antechamber — index chamber (compartment) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • antechamber — (n.) 1650s, from Fr. antichambre (16c.), on analogy of It. anticamera (see ANTE (Cf. ante) and CHAMBER (Cf. chamber)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • antechamber — [an′tē chām΄bər, an′tichām΄bər] n. [Fr antichambre < anti (for L ante, before) + chambre, CHAMBER] a smaller room leading into a larger or main room …   English World dictionary

  • antechamber — UK [ˈæntɪˌtʃeɪmbə(r)] / US [ˈæntɪˌtʃeɪmbər] noun [countable] Word forms antechamber : singular antechamber plural antechambers old fashioned an anteroom …   English dictionary

  • Antechamber — An antechamber is a smaller room or vestibule serving as an entryway into a larger one. The word is formed of the Latin ante camera , meaning room before. References*1728 …   Wikipedia

  • antechamber — noun A small room used as an entryway or reception area to a larger room. This is merely the antechamber, the entrance hall, said Dumbledore after a moment or two …   Wiktionary

  • antechamber — I antechamber, anteroom (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. waiting room, ingress; lobby, vestibule, foyer. See receptacle. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. hall, foyer, lobby …   English dictionary for students

  • antechamber — [[t]æ̱ntitʃeɪmbə(r)[/t]] antechambers also ante chamber N COUNT An antechamber is a small room leading into a larger room. Syn: anteroom …   English dictionary

  • antechamber — noun Etymology: French antichambre, from Middle French, from Italian anti (from Latin ante ) + Middle French chambre room Date: 1655 anteroom …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • antechamber — /an tee chaym beuhr/, n. a chamber or room that serves as a waiting room and entrance to a larger room or an apartment; anteroom. [1650 60; earlier antichamber < F antichambre, as trans. of It anticamera, equiv. to anti ( < L ante ANTE ) + camera …   Universalium

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