from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cavern; a cave.


  • Then he carried him into the antre and sat down with him, whilst Hasan related to him what had befallen him in the Islands of Wak; whereat the Elder marvelled with exceeding marvel and said, “O Hasan, how didst thou deliver thy wife and children?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Watch came, with his little scut of a tail cocked as sharp as duty, and I set him at the narrow mouth of the great snow antre.

    Lorna Doone

  • A coral reef is not only an instrument of destruction, but a place of sepulchre; the submarine cliff is profoundly undercut, and presents the mouth of a huge antre in which the bodies of men and the hulls of ships are alike hurled down and buried.

    A Footnote to History Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa

  • Seeing him as she did, she turned from him and shunned his house as the antre of an ogre.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • But still further southward and on the range separating the country at the head of the Shoalhaven river from the ravines on the coast, I was shown an antre vast which, for aught I know, may involve in its recesses more of the wild and wonderful than any of the deserts idle which I have since explored.

    Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Volume 2

  • “And from her bosom’s snowy antre drew the gleaming blade.

    Between the Acts


The word 'antre' comes from Middle French, from Latin 'antrum' ("cave"), from Ancient Greek 'ἄντρον' ('antron', "cave").