[an-tee-room, -roo m]


a room that admits to a larger room.

Origin of anteroom

First recorded in 1755–65; ante- + room Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a room giving entrance to a larger room, often used as a waiting room
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Word Origin and History for anteroom

also ante-room, 1762, literally "a room in front;" after French antichambre, Italian anticamera, from Latin ante "before" (see ante) + camera (see chamber).

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