a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words: anteroom; antebellum; antedate.

Nearby words

  1. antatrophic,
  2. antbird,
  3. ante,
  4. ante meridiem,
  5. ante up,
  6. ante-christum,
  7. ante-mortem,
  8. ante-nicene,
  9. ante-post,
  10. anteater

Origin of ante-

< Latin, prefixal form of preposition and adv. ante (see ancient1); akin to Greek antí, Old English and- against, toward, opposite. See answer, and, anti-

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British Dictionary definitions for ante-



before in time or position; previous to; in front ofantedate; antechamber

Word Origin for ante-

from Latin

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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).

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Medicine definitions for ante-



Prior to; earlier:antenatal.
In front of; before:antebrachium.

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