Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A smaller room serving as an entryway into a larger room.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A chamber or an apartment through which access is had to a principal apartment, and in which persons wait for audience. Formerly also spelled antichamber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A chamber or apartment before the chief apartment and leading into it, in which persons wait for audience; an outer chamber. See lobby.
  • noun A space viewed as the outer chamber or the entrance to an interior part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small room used as an entryway or reception area to a larger room.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a large entrance or reception room or area

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

Examples

  • Of her influence we need no better evidence than the fact that her salon was called the antechamber to the Academie Francaise.

    The Women of the French Salons

  • The moment we stepped over the threshold, on the right hand of the passage we found ourselves ushered into what in other countries would be called the antechamber; the ground floor, however, was muddy and filthy, a large fire was burning,

    John James Audubon

  • The only article of furniture in the antechamber was a wooden bench on which Pierre perceived two female patients awaiting their turn in the charge of a young hospitaller.

    The Three Cities Trilogy: Lourdes, Complete

  • The only article of furniture in the antechamber was a wooden bench on which Pierre perceived two female patients awaiting their turn in the charge of a young hospitaller.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • The only article of furniture in the antechamber was a wooden bench on which Pierre perceived two female patients awaiting their turn in the charge of a young hospitaller.

    The Three Cities Trilogy: Lourdes, Volume 2

  • In preparing to write or speak upon a subject of which the details have been mastered, I gather, after some inquiry, that the usual method among persons who have the gift of fluency is to think cursorily on topics connected with it, until what I have called the antechamber is well filled with cognate ideas.

    Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development

  • On either side of the interior door of the antechamber was a turnstile or tourelle, which enabled the inmates within to receive anything from the outside world without being themselves seen.

    The Golden Dog

  • First, an ante-chamber, at the farther end of which was a winding wooden staircase, behind which came the kitchen; on either side of the antechamber was a dining-room and a parlor panelled in oak now nearly black, with armorial bearings in the divisions of the ceilings.

    Sons of the Soil

  • Lovely because it suggests that there was a time before history began, when people hung around in a kind of antechamber waiting to be called forth to kick off the human story.

    The Making of the British Landscape by Francis Pryor

  • Echoing Myhrvold, we might charitably say that de Grey's proposals exist in a kind of antechamber of science, where they wait possibly in vain for independent verification.

    The Speculist: July 2006 Archives

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  • "Enter that antechamber of birth where the studious are assembled and note their faces. "

    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007

  • wonderful quote

    March 11, 2007