an·​te·​cham·​ber | \ ˈan-ti-ˌchām-bər How to pronounce antechamber (audio) \

Definition of antechamber

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One expects to find an antechamber outside the private chambers of a Supreme Court Justice or leading into the great hall of a medieval castle. In the private end of the castle the lord's or lady's bedchamber would have its own antechamber, which served as a dressing room and sitting room, but could also house bodyguards if the castle came under siege. Anteroom is a less formal synonym, one that's often applied to the waiting rooms of professional offices today.

Examples of antechamber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The paintings on display beyond the antechamber play on themes of spectacle, public perception and sleight of hand. Leigh-ann Jackson, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Today, a somber sculpture of figures lying across one another, a symbolic rail carriage and a museum mark the site of what was then an antechamber to Auschwitz concentration camp. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2021 At Tehran’s insistence, the U.S. delegation won’t have a seat at the table—its members must wait in an antechamber to be briefed by the Europeans. Reuel Marc Gerecht And Ray Takeyh, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2021 Dak Prescott strode through the double doors of the concrete antechamber, waiting patiently in the corner with his luggage. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 Oregon State Police Captain Tim Fox said law enforcement is looking into how protesters were able breach the door to the capitol's northwest antechamber. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 29 Dec. 2020 Two Trump supporters were able to breach the building's northwest antechamber and were arrested after refusing to leave. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 8 Jan. 2021 Oregon State Police reported arresting two more men—Ronald Vanvlack and Jerry Dyerson—with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct for breaching the building's northwest antechamber and refusing to leave. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 29 Dec. 2020 At least one protester attempted to spray officers with a chemical agent that appeared to be mace while attempting to enter one antechamber blocked by officers. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 22 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of antechamber

1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antechamber

French antichambre, from Middle French, from Italian anti- (from Latin ante-) + Middle French chambre room

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“Antechamber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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