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An antechamber (also known as an anteroom or ante-room) is a smaller room or vestibule serving as an entryway into a larger one. The word is formed of the Latin ante camera, meaning "room before." "Antechamber" comes from the French antichambre.
In some cases, an antechamber provides a space for a host to prepare or conduct private business away from a larger party or congregation. You will mainly find antechambers in large buildings, homes, or mansions. They are also very common in palaces and crypts. In a theme park, an antechamber may be used to tell guests about a ride before they experience it.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "Antechamber". Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.
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