- a place where a judge hears matters not requiring action in open court.
- the private office of a judge.
- (in England) the quarters or rooms that lawyers use to consult with their clients, especially in the Inns of Court.
verb (used with object)
- chamber concert,
- chamber counsel,
- chamber mug,
- chamber music,
- chamber of commerce
Origin of chamber
Examples from the Web for chamber
As one walks from chamber to chamber, a number of things become abundantly clear.
Heads turned and people stared for a minute, as three policemen him pulled out of the chamber.Keystone Senate Failure Is Environmental Kabuki Theater|Ben Jacobs|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is how Ron Weasley explains the term “Mudblood” in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Asked if he knew the names of the newborn quadruplets, Merritt recalled two: gi—a karate outfit—and po—a chamber pot.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble|David Bukszpan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I now know this was a conduction-style vaporizer, which requires a chamber to hold the steam.
The noise increased, and advanced nearer, till it seemed at the door, and at last in the chamber.Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore|Charles Hardwick
If the float is too high on its stem, the gasoline control valve may not be operated until the fuel overflows in its chamber.The Gasoline Motor|Harold Whiting Slauson
Again the door was thrown open, and this time the Dean ushered the Prince into the chamber, and conducted him toward the dais.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
When all was ready the mother carried the bride to that chamber where she should lie, to disarray her for the night.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France|Marie de France
Not that the chamber was cheerful—far from it, for it was intensely dark,—but our Indian was a practical man.The Walrus Hunters|R.M. Ballantyne
- a legislative, deliberative, judicial, or administrative assembly
- any of the houses of a legislature
Word Origin for chamber
c.1200, "room," usually a private one, from Old French chambre "room, chamber, apartment," also used in combinations to form words for "latrine, privy" (11c.), from Late Latin camera "a chamber, room" (see camera). In anatomy from late 14c.; of machinery from 1769. Gunnery sense is from 1620s. Meaning "legislative body" is from c.1400. Chamber music (1789) was that meant to be performed in private rooms instead of public halls.
late 14c., "to restrain," also "to furnish with a chamber" (inplied in chambered, from chamber (n.). Related: Chambering.