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powder room

a room containing a toilet and washing facilities for women; lavatory.
such a room provided for the use of female guests, as in a restaurant or nightclub.
Origin of powder room
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She giggled, and that reminded her, so she went to the powder room again.

    The Hated Frederik Pohl
  • She turned abruptly and fled in the direction of the powder room.

    Danger at the Drawbridge Mildred A. Wirt
  • Brochet had stepped swiftly to the other end of the powder room and laid ear to a loop-hole.

  • Leaving Miss Kippenberg in the powder room she returned to the main hall.

    Danger at the Drawbridge Mildred A. Wirt
  • A moment later, coming through the inner door of the powder room, they saw her, but offered no comment.

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • In Hanover, the powder room was in the steeple, while in Quincy the "powder-closite" was in the beams of the roof.

    Sabbath in Puritan New England Alice Morse Earle
  • Mrs. Dunn, Mrs. Sweatt and I spent the time making cartridges in the powder room in our stocking feet.

  • The church porch has a room over it known to the villagers as the "powder room."

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for powder room

powder room

(euphemistic) a lavatory for women in a restaurant, department store, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for powder room

powder room


A bathroom, esp public restroom: to the powder room at intermission

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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