Definition of anteroom in US English:



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

    • ‘The staff and I returned to an anteroom where the tape recorder was set up.’
    • ‘Upstairs, I go first into the library, a little anteroom off the master bedroom.’
    • ‘The bedrooms are linked to the bathrooms, dressing rooms, libraries and anterooms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Between courses each diner is invited to an anteroom to record their opinions about the other guests.’
    • ‘His rearrangement of the furniture left an important room, the anteroom to the drawing room, without a centrepiece.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The anteroom of his county election headquarters is festooned with cheery signs such as one saying Voting Just Got Easier.’
    • ‘Set on five acres, there is a reception hall, drawing room, anteroom, dining room, kitchen, pantry, four bedrooms and a bathroom.’
    • ‘There I found a special reception desk (to ward off visitors rather than welcome them) and was shown into 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.’
    • ‘It has the character of an anteroom, suggesting that more spacious rooms lie beyond, not just smaller ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And she did it while sitting in the Prime Minister's anteroom!’
    • ‘The building was simply decorated and deserted, except for a monk white-washing the walls of an anteroom.’
    • ‘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.’
    antechamber, outer room, vestibule, lobby, waiting room, reception area
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    1. 1.1Military A sitting room in an officers' mess.
      • ‘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.’