camera

2
[ kam-er-uh ]
/ ˈkæm ər ə /

noun, plural cam·er·ae [kam-uh-ree] /ˈkæm ə ri/.

a judge's private office.

Nearby words

  1. camembert,
  2. camenae,
  3. cameo,
  4. cameo glass,
  5. cameo ware,
  6. camera lucida,
  7. camera obscura,
  8. camera phone,
  9. camera tube,
  10. camera-ready

Idioms

    in camera,
    1. Law.in the privacy of a judge's chambers.
    2. privately.

Origin of camera

2
1630–40; for earlier sense “vaulted room” < Latin < Greek kamára vault; see chamber

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British Dictionary definitions for in camera

in camera

/ (ɪn ˈkæmərə) /

adverb, adjective

in a private or secret session; not in public
law (formerly)
  1. in the privacy of a judge's chambers
  2. in a court not open to the publicOfficial name: in chambers

Word Origin for in camera

Latin: in the chamber

camera

/ (ˈkæmərə, ˈkæmrə) /

noun

Word Origin for camera

C18: from Latin: vault, from Greek kamara

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Word Origin and History for in camera

camera

n.

1708, "vaulted building," from Latin camera "vaulted room" (source of Italian camera, Spanish camara, French chambre), from Greek kamara "vaulted chamber."

The word also was used early 18c. as a short form of Modern Latin camera obscura "dark chamber" (a black box with a lens that could project images of external objects), contrasted with camera lucida (Latin for "light chamber"), which uses prisms to produce on paper beneath the instrument an image, which can be traced. It became the word for "picture-taking device" when modern photography began, c.1840 (extended to television filming devices 1928). Camera-shy is attested from 1890. Old Church Slavonic komora, Lithuanian kamara, Old Irish camra all are borrowings from Latin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for in camera

camera

[ kămər-ə, kămrə ]

n. pl. cam•er•ae (-ə-rē)

A chamber or cavity, such as one of the chambers of the heart or eye.

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