an·​te·​room ˈan-ti-ˌrüm How to pronounce anteroom (audio)
: a small outer room that leads to another room and that is often used as a waiting room

Examples of anteroom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alvaro Rojas-Peña, the co-director of the lab, led me into an anteroom that adjoined an operating suite. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2024 In the main building, a young monk from Syria named Seraphim escorted us into an anteroom with a magnificent view over the sea. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2024 After Kennedy was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, MacNeil managed to commandeer one of two pay phones in an anteroom and fed NBC anchormen Chet Huntley and David Brinkley updates all day. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2024 That was just the right amount of space for a receptionist’s anteroom and a windowed office. Larry Buchanan, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2023 His own dwelling is modest, and—characteristic of old Russian manners—entered through an anteroom in which maids see to their needlework. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 The visiting manager’s office at Nationals Park has an anteroom with a couch, a small coffee table, and a bookcase. Peter Abraham,, 19 Aug. 2023 The office was packed and the anteroom there were 30 or so people waiting patiently; women, children, men. David Schenker, Foreign Affairs, 18 May 2015 Nauta was seen in surveillance video moving another 11 boxes out of the anteroom on June 1, 2022, according to the unsealed parts of the affidavit. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anteroom was in 1668

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“Anteroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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an·​te·​room ˈant-i-ˌrüm How to pronounce anteroom (audio)
: a room used as an entrance to another

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