antechamber

[ an-tee-cheym-ber ]
/ ˈæn tiˌtʃeɪm bər /

noun

a chamber or room that serves as a waiting room and entrance to a larger room or an apartment; anteroom.

Origin of antechamber

1650–60; earlier antichamber < French antichambre, as translation of Italian anticamera, equivalent to anti- (< Latin ante- ante-) + camera chamber
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antechamber

/ (ˈæntɪˌtʃeɪmbə) /

noun

another name for anteroom

Word Origin for antechamber

C17: from Old French, from Italian anticamera; see ante-, chamber
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