• WordNet 3.6
    • n antechamber a large entrance or reception room or area
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Antechamber A chamber or apartment before the chief apartment and leading into it, in which persons wait for audience; an outer chamber. See Lobby.
    • Antechamber A space viewed as the outer chamber or the entrance to an interior part. "The mouth, the antechamber to the digestive canal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antechamber A chamber or an apartment through which access is had to a principal apartment, and in which persons wait for audience. Formerly also spelled antichamber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antechamber an′te-chām-bėr a chamber or room leading to the chief apartment.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. antichambre,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. anti-chambre, ante-chambre.


In literature:

I opened my antechambers to them, they rushed in and filled them.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Five minutes after, a courier entered the antechamber, and gave a letter to a page, who brought it to the regent.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Above his closed eyes Katharine threw the key of her antechamber on to the bed.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
Turning, with a yell he dashed past the guards and across the antechamber to the main entrance-hall.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
That night, Dame Tiffany being appointed to the pallet, it so fell out that Dame Elizabeth, Dame Joan, and I, lay in the antechamber.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Who is in the antechamber?
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Penn found the duke's antechamber filled with suitors.
"William Penn" by George Hodges
They were now alone in the antechamber.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Having passed beneath this symbol you will enter an antechamber rich in the magic of the East.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
In the papal antechamber there is a list of them, with the days of their audiences.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2" by Francis Marion Crawford
The place resembles an antechamber of Purgatory much more than of Heaven.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
Commissary Passauf flung himself into the antechamber.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
"The Works Of Edward Bulwer-Lytton A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Even cabinet ministers crowd McClellan's antechambers!
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
The arras-folds that variegate The earth, God's antechamber, well!
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
This room, like that of the crew, had a sort of antechamber, which cut off all communication with the outside.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
Their misfortune is to be perpetually waiting in antechambers, and losing time in them.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
These faithful ones were keeping guard in his antechamber, and for some little time they had been whispering together.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
He was a born Prelate of the Antechamber.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The antechamber of the Prince's apartments was full of life and bustle.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach

In poetry:

Bring a candle, for the room
Is dark and cold,
Antechamber of the tomb--
O grief untold!
"Jenny Dead" by Richard Le Gallienne
The emperor, he doth keep a pack
In his antechambers standing,
And up and down the stairs, good lack!
And eke upon the landing:
A straining leash, and a quivering back,
And nostrils and chest expanding!
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald

In news:

Young beyond her years, she has the body of a grown woman, but, inside, she is a wide-eyed innocent, living in her fuzzy, pink antechamber and surrounded by stuffed animals and floral motifs.
Here's video of a minor skirmish that broke out between a group of Rockland County Orthodox rabbis hasidim who have been loudly chanting "No vote for LGBT supporters" for, oh, about an hour on the east side of the Senate antechamber.
In a glass case by a window in Joseph Bruno's antechamber are three handguns.
One of the largest servant statues found in King Tut 's antechamber.

In science:

Fig.2: EC density with and without antechamber.
Summary Of Working Group On Single Beam High Luminosity Issues
Antechamber (TiN coated) is adopted to reduce EC; further study is underway.
Summary Of Working Group On Single Beam High Luminosity Issues