an·​te·​room | \ ˈan-ti-ˌrüm How to pronounce anteroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Definition of anteroom

: 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 Steps away from the Attorney General’s office, in the Justice Department headquarters, in Washington, there is a ceremonial anteroom. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 The anteroom looked like a dingy rental-car office. Jennifer Miller, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Many of the newspaper poems land in an anteroom near the fourth-floor elevator, a long corridor away from the show’s main portion. Globe Staff,, 17 Mar. 2021 The shelves of dry goods in the restaurant’s small anteroom offer a hint. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2020 The unit has its own blood lab and an anteroom where health care workers can put on and take off their protective gear. Ginger Christ, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2020 The main entry features a small anteroom that opens to a much larger central hall., 28 June 2019 At the top of the great marble stair leading from the courtyard, the anteroom is a mirror image of his contemporary design for a reception room at the Chanel jewelry showroom in the Place Vendôme. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, 19 Feb. 2019 Rapin himself was responsible for the collaboration with Sèvres, which resulted in a giant interior vase placed in an anteroom off the great hall that doubled as a ballroom. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 2 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of anteroom

1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Anteroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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an·​te·​room | \ ˈan-ti-ˌrüm How to pronounce anteroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Kids Definition of anteroom

: a room used as an entrance to another

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