- a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words: anteroom; antebellum; antedate.
Origin of ante-
- before in time or position; previous to; in front ofantedate; antechamber
Word Origin and History for ante-
word-forming element meaning "before, in front of; previous, existing beforehand; introductory to," from Latin ante (prep. and adv.) "before, in front of, opposite," used in combinations, from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (see ante).
- Prior to; earlier:antenatal.
- In front of; before:antebrachium.