- a room, usually private, in a house or apartment, especially a bedroom: She retired to her chamber.
- a room in a palace or official residence.
- the meeting hall of a legislative or other assembly.
- chambers, Law.
- a place where a judge hears matters not requiring action in open court.
- the private office of a judge.
- (in England) the quarters or rooms that lawyers use to consult with their clients, especially in the Inns of Court.
- a legislative, judicial, or other like body: the upper or the lower chamber of a legislature.
- an organization of individuals or companies for a specified purpose.
- the place where the moneys due a government are received and kept; a treasury or chamberlain's office.
- (in early New England) any bedroom above the ground floor, generally named for the ground-floor room beneath it.
- a compartment or enclosed space; cavity: a chamber of the heart.
- (in a canal or the like) the space between any two gates of a lock.
- a receptacle for one or more cartridges in a firearm, or for a shell in a gun or other cannon.
- (in a gun) the part of the barrel that receives the charge.
- chamber pot.
- of, relating to, or performing chamber music: chamber players.
- to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.
- to provide with a chamber.
Origin of chamber
Examples from the Web for chamber
As one walks from chamber to chamber, a number of things become abundantly clear.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
Heads turned and people stared for a minute, as three policemen him pulled out of the chamber.Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater
November 19, 2014
This is how Ron Weasley explains the term “Mudblood” in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.Why I Named My Quidditch Film Mudbloods
October 14, 2014
Asked if he knew the names of the newborn quadruplets, Merritt recalled two: gi—a karate outfit—and po—a chamber pot.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble
October 11, 2014
I now know this was a conduction-style vaporizer, which requires a chamber to hold the steam.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
His nephew was securely disposed of for the night, being fastened in his chamber.Brave and Bold
No chamber in the palace of a king could have been more fair.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Away to your chamber, sweeting, and keep a blithe face, for she who confesses is shriven.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Finally, with a sense of relief he put out the lights and went to his chamber.Within the Law
He mounted the little steps softly, and entered the chamber.Rico and Wiseli
- a meeting hall, esp one used for a legislative or judicial assembly
- a reception room or audience room in an official residence, palace, etc
- archaic, or poetic a room in a private house, esp a bedroom
- a legislative, deliberative, judicial, or administrative assembly
- any of the houses of a legislature
- an enclosed space; compartment; cavitythe smallest chamber in the caves
- the space between two gates of the locks of a canal, dry dock, etc
- an enclosure for a cartridge in the cylinder of a revolver or for a shell in the breech of a cannon
- obsolete a place where the money of a government, corporation, etc, was stored; treasury
- short for chamber pot
- NZ the freezing room in an abattoir
- (modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for chamber musica chamber concert
- (tr) to put in or provide with a chamber
Word Origin and History for chamber
c.1200, "room," usually a private one, from Old French chambre "room, chamber, apartment," also used in combinations to form words for "latrine, privy" (11c.), from Late Latin camera "a chamber, room" (see camera). In anatomy from late 14c.; of machinery from 1769. Gunnery sense is from 1620s. Meaning "legislative body" is from c.1400. Chamber music (1789) was that meant to be performed in private rooms instead of public halls.
late 14c., "to restrain," also "to furnish with a chamber" (inplied in chambered, from chamber (n.). Related: Chambering.
- A compartment or enclosed space.