antechamber


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an·te·cham·ber

 (ăn′tē-chām′bər)
n.
A smaller room serving as an entryway into a larger room.

[French antichambre : anti-, before (from Latin ante-; see ante-) + chambre, chamber (from Old French chaumbre; see chamber).]

antechamber

(ˈæntɪˌtʃeɪmbə)
n
(Architecture) another name for anteroom
[C17: from Old French, from Italian anticamera; see ante-, chamber]

an•te•cham•ber

(ˈæn tiˌtʃeɪm bər)

n.
a room that serves as a waiting room and entrance to a larger room or an apartment; anteroom.
[1650–60; earlier antichamber < French antichambre]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antechamber - a large entrance or reception room or areaantechamber - a large entrance or reception room or area
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
narthex - a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
Translations

antechamber

[ˈæntɪˌtʃeɪmbəʳ] Nantecámara f, antesala f

antechamber

[ˈæntitʃeɪmbər] nantichambre f

antechamber

[ˈæntɪˌtʃeɪmbəʳ] nanticamera
References in classic literature ?
When he called out into the antechamber for the second time, he silently took a chair by her side.
In a small antechamber, into which several doors opened, and which was lighted by a small iron lamp, they met a second interruption from the waiting-maid of Rowena, who, saying in a tone of authority, that her mistress desired to speak with the Palmer, took the torch from the hand of Anwold, and, bidding him await her return, made a sign to the Palmer to follow.
for I verily think he was not full thirty feet high), became so insolent at seeing a creature so much beneath him, that he would always affect to swagger and look big as he passed by me in the queen's antechamber, while I was standing on some table talking with the lords or ladies of the court, and he seldom failed of a smart word or two upon my littleness; against which I could only revenge myself by calling him brother, challenging him to wrestle, and such repartees as are usually in the mouths of court pages.
Soon afterwards Luscinda came out from an antechamber, attended by her mother and two of her damsels, arrayed and adorned as became her rank and beauty, and in full festival and ceremonial attire.
A glass door gave entrance from this portico into an antechamber, a species of gallery paved in red tiles and wainscoted, which served as a hospital for the family portraits,--some having an eye put out, others suffering from a dislocated shoulder; this one held his hat in a hand that no longer existed; that one was a case of amputation at the knee.
Now, I knew, my troubles would commence in earnest and indeed they were upon me all too soon, for it seemed that the squad had scarcely left the guardroom before one of their number burst in again breathlessly, crying that they had found their four comrades butchered in the antechamber.
In the antechamber, upon long circular benches, reposed the elect; that is to say, those who were called.
Emmanuel followed her, and in the antechamber were visible the rough faces of seven or eight half-naked sailors.
Then my lord does not know that there are eight guards about him, four in his chamber, four in the antechamber, and that they never leave him.
They set forward; and, with a grandeur of air, a dignified step, which caught the eye, but could not shake the doubts of the well-read Catherine, he led the way across the hall, through the common drawing-room and one useless antechamber, into a room magnificent both in size and furniture -- the real drawing-room, used only with company of consequence.
She heard them as if they came from people in another world, a world antecedent to her world, a world that was the prelude, the antechamber to reality; it was as if, lately dead, she heard the living talking.
And yet nowhere about her, in antechamber or corridor, was there sign of any other being than herself and the recumbent figure of Tario, the jeddak, who watched her through half-closed eyes from the gorgeous trappings of his regal couch.