An antechamber is an entryway or a small room that leads into a larger one. If you visit a friend who lives in a mansion, her butler may ask you to wait in the antechamber while he summons her.

You're most likely to come across an antechamber in a very grand building or home — in most houses, a similar room would probably be called a "foyer" or a "hall." Sometimes the area where you wait before entering a museum or office is called an antechamber, but it's more often just a "waiting room." Palaces and crypts and pyramids often have antechambers. The word comes from the French antichambre.

Definitions of antechamber

n an outer room or waiting area that leads into another room

anteroom, entrance hall, foyer, hall, lobby, vestibule
a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
Type of:
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

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