Definition of anteroom in English:



  • 1An antechamber, typically serving as a waiting room.

    • ‘When he was gone she rushed upstairs and plopped down on a sofa next to a reading lamp in the anteroom and opened the folded paper.’
    • ‘Between courses each diner is invited to an anteroom to record their opinions about the other guests.’
    • ‘The anteroom of his county election headquarters is festooned with cheery signs such as one saying Voting Just Got Easier.’
    • ‘In one of its anterooms, an American camera crew are setting up lights and microphones; out on the veranda, meanwhile, one of the world's most famous rock musicians is taking in the sun.’
    • ‘His rearrangement of the furniture left an important room, the anteroom to the drawing room, without a centrepiece.’
    • ‘And she did it while sitting in the Prime Minister's anteroom!’
    • ‘These include a large hall with an elegant stairway leading to the galleried mezzanine floor with its glass roof and a circular library and anteroom with a small open fire.’
    • ‘There I found a special reception desk (to ward off visitors rather than welcome them) and was shown into an anteroom.’
    • ‘The building was simply decorated and deserted, except for a monk white-washing the walls of an anteroom.’
    • ‘Instead, in one corner there is the monitor of a closed-circuit television showing the area in front of the entrance, the waiting room, the anteroom and the room itself.’
    • ‘Upstairs, I go first into the library, a little anteroom off the master bedroom.’
    • ‘The anteroom resembled an office replete with a plush couch, several wing-backed chairs and a small desk that prominently displayed a vase filled with purple lilacs.’
    • ‘Funeral parties mingle in confusion in anterooms whispering ‘Whose funeral are you here for?’’
    • ‘The staff and I returned to an anteroom where the tape recorder was set up.’
    • ‘On Monday morning Julie, Marco and Ben were in the orphanage anteroom sharp at eleven, complete with carry-cot, nappies and bottle.’
    • ‘He was old and in failing health, but still taking visitors who daily waited in an anteroom for hours for the privilege of speaking with him for a few minutes.’
    • ‘It has the character of an anteroom, suggesting that more spacious rooms lie beyond, not just smaller ones.’
    • ‘The bedrooms are linked to the bathrooms, dressing rooms, libraries and anterooms.’
    • ‘Set on five acres, there is a reception hall, drawing room, anteroom, dining room, kitchen, pantry, four bedrooms and a bathroom.’
    • ‘Beethoven claimed to Goethe that he had rapped Rudolph over the knuckles for keeping him waiting in an anteroom, and doubtless the composition lessons became increasingly irksome.’
    antechamber, outer room, vestibule, lobby, waiting room, reception area
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    1. 1.1Military A large room in an officers' mess, typically adjacent to the dining room.
      • ‘Officers live together in their own Mess, complete with anteroom and bar.’
      • ‘When he walked into Colonel Atkins's anteroom, Atkins was the name of the CO he'd been told, he found a Staff Sergeant sitting behind a desk sipping a cup of coffee like it was the only thing keeping him awake.’
      • ‘As the formal Anteroom in the mess, it doubles as a smaller, more intimate dining room for official functions.’