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antechamber

Line breaks: ante|cham¦ber
Pronunciation: /ˈantɪtʃeɪmbə
 
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Definition of antechamber in English:

noun

A small room leading to a main one: the antechamber to an interview room
More example sentences
  • The stairs creaked, the attic was spooky, the cellar dim and creepy; there were storage antechambers to every room.
  • The main room was a rectangle with various antechambers and vestibules branching off down its length.
  • The hatch opened into a small antechamber that led into the main hall.

Origin

mid 17th century (as antichamber): from French antichambre, from Italian anticamera, from anti- 'preceding' + camera (see chamber).

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