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Origin of antechamber

1650–60; earlier antichamber < French antichambre, as translation of Italian anticamera, equivalent to anti- (< Latin ante- ante-) + camera chamber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. another name for anteroom

Word Origin for antechamber

C17: from Old French, from Italian anticamera; see ante-, chamber
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Word Origin and History for antechamber

1650s, from French antichambre (16c.), on analogy of Italian anticamera (see ante and chamber).

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