1. a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words: anteroom; antebellum; antedate.


  1. before in time or position; previous to; in front ofantedate; antechamber

word-forming element meaning “before, in front of; previous, existing beforehand; introductory to,” from Latin ante (prep. and adv.) “before, in front of, opposite,” used in combinations, from PIE *anti “facing opposite, near, in front of, before” (see ante).


  1. Prior to; earlier:antenatal.
  2. In front of; before:antebrachium.

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