a room, usually private, in a house or apartment, especially a bedroom:
She retired to her chamber.
a room in a palace or official residence.
the meeting hall of a legislative or other assembly.
a place where a judge hears matters not requiring action in open court.
the private office of a judge.
(in England) the quarters or rooms that lawyers use to consult with their clients, especially in the Inns of Court.
a legislative, judicial, or other like body:
the upper or the lower chamber of a legislature.
an organization of individuals or companies for a specified purpose.
the place where the moneys due a government are received and kept; a treasury or chamberlain’s office.
(in early New England) any bedroom above the ground floor, generally named for the ground-floor room beneath it.
a compartment or enclosed space; cavity:
a chamber of the heart.
(in a canal or the like) the space between any two gates of a lock.
a receptacle for one or more cartridges in a firearm, or for a shell in a gun or other cannon.
(in a gun) the part of the barrel that receives the charge.
of, relating to, or performing chamber music:
to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.
to provide with a chamber.
a meeting hall, esp one used for a legislative or judicial assembly
a reception room or audience room in an official residence, palace, etc
(archaic or poetic) a room in a private house, esp a bedroom
a legislative, deliberative, judicial, or administrative assembly
any of the houses of a legislature
an enclosed space; compartment; cavity: the smallest chamber in the caves
the space between two gates of the locks of a canal, dry dock, etc
an enclosure for a cartridge in the cylinder of a revolver or for a shell in the breech of a cannon
(obsolete) a place where the money of a government, corporation, etc, was stored; treasury
short for chamber pot
(NZ) the freezing room in an abattoir
(modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for chamber music: a chamber concert
(transitive) to put in or provide with a chamber
c.1200, “room,” usually a private one, from Old French chambre “room, chamber, apartment,” also used in combinations to form words for “latrine, privy” (11c.), from Late Latin camera “a chamber, room” (see camera). In anatomy from late 14c.; of machinery from 1769. Gunnery sense is from 1620s. Meaning “legislative body” is from c.1400. Chamber music (1789) was that meant to be performed in private rooms instead of public halls.
late 14c., “to restrain,” also “to furnish with a chamber” (inplied in chambered, from chamber (n.). Related: Chambering.
chamber cham·ber (chām’bər)
A compartment or enclosed space.
“on the wall,” which the Shunammite prepared for the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4:10), was an upper chamber over the porch through the hall toward the street. This was the “guest chamber” where entertainments were prepared (Mark 14:14). There were also “chambers within chambers” (1 Kings 22:25; 2 Kings 9:2). To enter into a chamber is used metaphorically of prayer and communion with God (Isa. 26:20). The “chambers of the south” (Job 9:9) are probably the constelations of the southern hemisphere. The “chambers of imagery”, i.e., chambers painted with images, as used by Ezekiel (8:12), is an expression denoting the vision the prophet had of the abominations practised by the Jews in Jerusalem.
a concert of chamber music.
- Chamber counsel
noun a counsel who advises in private and does not plead in court
a chamber pot.
music suited for performance in a room or a small concert hall, especially for two or more, but usually fewer than ten, solo instruments. noun music for performance by a small group of instrumentalists Music for two or more instruments in which only one musician plays each part. Chamber music is distinguished from music for […]