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.
(Rom. 13:13), wantonness, impurity.
“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.
an official charged with the management of the living quarters of a sovereign or member of the nobility. an official who receives rents and revenues, as of a municipal corporation; treasurer. the high steward or factor of a member of the nobility. a high official of a royal court. (Arthur) Neville, 1869–1940, British statesman: prime […]
Chamberland Cham·ber·land (chām’bər-lənd, shäɴ-běr-län’), Charles Édouard. 1851-1908. French bacteriologist. A colleague of Louis Pasteur, he contributed to the development of sterilization techniques.
Thomas Chrowder [krou-der] /ˈkraʊ dər/ (Show IPA), 1843–1928, U.S. geologist.
a maid who cleans bedrooms and bathrooms. noun a woman or girl employed to clean and tidy bedrooms, now chiefly in hotels n. 1580s, from chamber + maid.