Definitions

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

  • n. An outer room that opens into another room, often used as a waiting room.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A room before, or forming an entrance to, another; a waiting room.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A room before, or forming an entrance to, another; a waiting room.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A smaller room before a chief apartment, to which access is had through it; especially, a waiting-room used for the temporary reception of visitors, etc.; an antechamber.

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

  • n. a large entrance or reception room or area

Etymologies

ante- +‎ room (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This peaceful little oasis of piety and good will might be described as an anteroom of heaven.

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  • Over here on this wall of the anteroom is the second door.

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  • The anteroom was a small place fitted up like a parlor, at the side of the stage and on a level with it.

    Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall

  • In the anteroom was the knight in black armor whom Myles had seen from the window.

    Men of Iron

  • Through a big window-door they could look into a small, grassy court that served as a garden: and opening from the anteroom was a second room much larger, which also gave upon the garden court.

    It Happened in Egypt

  • The anteroom was a mass of palms, and the idea of the assemblage of the guests in the tropics and their sudden transference to the land of ice was excellently carried out.

    The Gourmet's Guide to Europe

  • The first thing which struck him on entering the anteroom was the scent of patchouli, which was very repulsive to him; several tall trunks and coffers were standing there.

    A Nobleman's Nest

  • There was a kind of anteroom in front of the chapel door, and that was what the Companions had cleared.

    Widows and Orphans

  • Beyond the door on the landing was a kind of anteroom, decorated with black marble statuary in niches.

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  • “The key of 'I' will not unlock the door to their meaning—you need a crowbar for that—but will sometimes admit you to a kind of anteroom of suggestion.”

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  • Captain Picard used this word when he wanted to talk to the admiral about what happened to Data.

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