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Synonyms for antechamber

a large entrance or reception room or area

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So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him, and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying, they stepped so firmly on them, and had such a strong, sure walk, that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred.
And next morning when the king had his twelve huntsmen summoned, they went through the ante-chamber, and never once looked at the spinning-wheels.
Wait in the next room, please; and leave your bundle here," said the door-keeper, as he sat down comfortably in his own easy-chair in the ante-chamber.
I'll tell him at once--he will be free in a minute; but you--you had better wait in the ante-chamber,--hadn't you?
de Saint-Remy hastened to break the circle formed by the officers round Raoul, so that the latter was able to gain the ante-chamber.
In the ante-chamber stands an unobtrusive statue of St Anne teaching the Virgin to read.
In the ante-chamber of the commissioner's office in Pune, several such seances were conducted in which Thakur would invoke the spirit of Dhabolkar in him and give details of the murder.
Turning it up another notch the following day, his tests culminated in GP2 - F1's ante-chamber.
But Bulgaria is also in much the same position as Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy, trapped in the ante-chamber of monetary union with a misaligned currency, forced to undertake an internal devaluation.
Then comes the ante-chamber, a smaller, more intimate dining room introduced during Louis XIII's time in the first half of the 17th century.
In a dimly-lit ante-chamber, a guide whispers that the 'shopkeeper' is watching my every move and that I need to choose one of three pills - which will allow her to track my gaze and monitor my heart rate and salivation as I journey through her 'shop'.