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rest room

or restroom

noun
1.
rooms or a room having a washbowl, toilet, and other facilities for use by employees, visitors, etc., as in a store, theater, or office.
Origin of rest room
1895-1900
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900
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Examples from the Web for rest room
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  • They were begging for funds with which to furnish a rest room for farmers' wives.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • The canteen was opened in February, 1915, with a reading and rest room.

    Mobilizing Woman-Power

    Harriot Stanton Blatch
  • When it ain't that, it calls itself the rest room, you know.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
  • Adjoining that could be another building sixty-six feet by one hundred feet, to be used for canteen and rest room.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
  • There is also a rest room at the ice cream parlor and back of the church there is another hall.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • If they hadn't been there already they would be sure to take a peep into the hospital as well as the rest room.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
  • Hopelessly discouraged, she started for the rest room to get a drink and wash her hands.

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • Is it possible to establish a rest room for farmers' wives who come to town?

    The Complete Club Book for Women Caroline French Benton
  • The building is used for kitchen, dining room, rest room and general headquarters.

  • I have my this-line terminal in the girls' rest room at the durable plastics factory; handled that on a local police-power writ.

    Police Operation H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for rest room

rest room

noun
1.
a room in a public building having lavatories, washing facilities, and sometimes couches
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