antechamber

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

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Protests rock Oregon Capitol as lawmakers convene hectic special session," 22 Dec. 2020 The air-fuel mixture is forced into this antechamber during the piston's compression stroke, and primary ignition takes place inside it. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Maserati MC20, an Elegant Mid-Engined Supercar, Could Herald a Renaissance," 9 Sep. 2020 An antechamber follows, with breathtaking paintings of the starry sky on the ceiling. National Geographic, "This pharaoh's painted tomb was missing its mummy," 25 June 2020 After the antechamber comes the splendor of the burial complex itself, which would have housed the pharaoh’s mummy. National Geographic, "This pharaoh's painted tomb was missing its mummy," 25 June 2020 The store was labyrinth, with narrow staircases in the backs of small rooms, and chambers and antechambers that opened up into expansive arenas of clothing. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "RIP To Opening Ceremony, A Store That Taught Us How To Find Ourselves," 16 Jan. 2020 The store was labyrinth, with narrow staircases in the backs of small rooms, and chambers and antechambers that opened up into expansive arenas of clothing. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "RIP To Opening Ceremony, A Store That Taught Us How To Find Ourselves," 16 Jan. 2020 The store was labyrinth, with narrow staircases in the backs of small rooms, and chambers and antechambers that opened up into expansive arenas of clothing. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "RIP To Opening Ceremony, A Store That Taught Us How To Find Ourselves," 16 Jan. 2020 The core of the film is really a Kammerspiel set in the antechambers of hell. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Persian Lessons': Film Review | Berlin 2020," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of antechamber was in 1587

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29 Dec 2020

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“Antechamber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antechamber. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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