WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
cham•ber /ˈtʃeɪmbɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. a private room in a house or apartment, esp. a bedroom.
  2. a room in a palace or an official home:We saw the queen's meeting chambers.
  3. Government
    • a law-making group or a branch of such a group: the upper and lower chambers of a legislature.
    • a room housing such an assembly.
  4. Lawchambers, [plural] a place where a judge listens to matters not needing action in the open courtroom.
  5. an enclosed space;
    cavity: a chamber of the heart.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. Music and Danceof, relating to, or performing chamber music: chamber players.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cham•ber  (chāmbər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a room, usually private, in a house or apartment, esp. a bedroom:She retired to her chamber.
  2. a room in a palace or official residence.
  3. Governmentthe meeting hall of a legislative or other assembly.
  4. Lawchambers: 
    • Lawa place where a judge hears matters not requiring action in open court.
    • Lawthe private office of a judge.
    • Law(in England) the quarters or rooms that lawyers use to consult with their clients, esp. in the Inns of Court.
  5. Governmenta legislative, judicial, or other like body:the upper or the lower chamber of a legislature.
  6. Governmentan organization of individuals or companies for a specified purpose.
  7. Governmentthe place where the moneys due a government are received and kept;
    a treasury or chamberlain's office.
  8. Architecture(in early New England) any bedroom above the ground floor, generally named for the ground-floor room beneath it.
  9. a compartment or enclosed space;
    cavity:a chamber of the heart.
  10. Civil Engineering(in a canal or the like) the space between any two gates of a lock.
  11. Militarya receptacle for one or more cartridges in a firearm, or for a shell in a gun or other cannon.
  12. Military(in a gun) the part of the barrel that receives the charge.
  13. See  chamber pot. 

adj. 
  1. Music and Danceof, pertaining to, or performing chamber music:chamber players.

v.t. 
  1. to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.
  2. to provide with a chamber.
  • Greek kamára
  • Latin camera, variant of camara vaulted room, vault
  • Old French
  • Middle English chambre 1175–1225


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

chamber /ˈtʃeɪmbə/ n
  1. a meeting hall, esp one used for a legislative or judicial assembly
  2. a reception room or audience room in an official residence, palace, etc
  3. archaic or poetic a room in a private house, esp a bedroom
  4. a legislative, deliberative, judicial, or administrative assembly
  5. any of the houses of a legislature
  6. an enclosed space; compartment; cavity
  7. an enclosure for a cartridge in the cylinder of a revolver or for a shell in the breech of a cannon
  8. short for chamber pot
  9. (modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for chamber music: a chamber concert

See also chambersEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French chambre, from Late Latin camera room, Latin: vault, from Greek kamara



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