I. noun Etymology: Middle English chambre, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin camera, from Latin, arched roof, from Greek kamara vault Date: 13th century 1. room; especially bedroom 2. a natural or artificial enclosed space or cavity 3. a. a hall for the meetings of a deliberative, legislative, or judicial body <
the senate chamber
b. a room where a judge transacts business — usually used in plural c. the reception room of a person of rank or authority 4. a. a legislative or judicial body; especially either of the houses of a bicameral legislature b. a voluntary board or council 5. a. the part of the bore of a gun that holds the charge b. a compartment in the cartridge cylinder of a revolver • chambered adjective II. transitive verb (chambered; chambering) Date: 1575 1. to place in or as if in a chamber ; house 2. to serve as a chamber for; especially to accommodate in the chamber of a firearm III. adjective Date: 1706 being, relating to, or performing chamber music

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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