an·​te·​room | \ˈan-ti-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m\

Definition of anteroom 

: a small outer room that leads to another room and that is often used as a waiting room

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Republicans and Democrats were in and out of the anteroom, but Flake wanted to talk to Coons, and at one point the two ended up alone in a small phone booth for privacy. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Seattle Times, "From Africa to the anteroom: Flake, Coons forge rare bond," 2 Oct. 2018 After Coons spoke, Flake walked around the dais, tapped him on the shoulder and motioned into the anteroom, where the two began negotiations. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Seattle Times, "From Africa to the anteroom: Flake, Coons forge rare bond," 2 Oct. 2018 Fred is super patronizing to the women in the chamber anteroom. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 Others are in small anterooms outside courtrooms, chatting with colleagues or preparing with prosecutors. Chris Palmer,, "Philly cops waiting to testify in court cost city millions in OT," 3 Apr. 2018 The suit selection is vast, with racks stretching farther and farther back, until the $5,000 Brionis, which, like men’s mink coats, hang in a semiprivate anteroom. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "The Last Great Clothing Store," 29 Mar. 2018 In January, The Republic's website,, posted video of Saucedo in a small anteroom to his cell in a maximum security unit of the Fourth Avenue Jail. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Attorneys for 'Street Shooter' suspect want to nix death penalty over jailhouse videos," 16 Mar. 2018 In an anteroom at the right women had been stripped and exposed to the gaze of brutal men. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian, "When Emancipation Finally Came, Slave Markets Took on a Redemptive Purpose," 27 Feb. 2018 My family would not live in that anteroom of unknowable anguish. Maryoconn, Longreads, "Writing the Monsignor," 18 Sep. 2017

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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an·​te·​room | \ˈan-ti-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m\

Kids Definition of anteroom

: a room used as an entrance to another

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