- a bathroom fixture consisting of a bowl, usually with a detachable, hinged seat and lid, and a device for flushing with water, used for defecation and urination.
- a lavatory.
- a bathroom.
- toilet bowl.
- a dressing room, especially one containing a bath.
- the act or process of dressing or grooming oneself, including bathing and arranging the hair: to make one's toilet; busy at her toilet.
- toilet set.
- the dress or costume of a person; any particular costume: toilet of white silk.
- Surgery. the cleansing of a part after childbirth or a wound after an operation.
- Archaic. dressing table.
- go down/in the toilet, to become worthless or profitless; be doomed: The team's entire season went down the toilet.
Origin of toilet
Examples from the Web for toilet
Rogen refuses to share his toilet paper with Franco, and then they run into trouble starting a fire.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious
December 8, 2014
He was in the bathroom, perhaps trying to flush some pot down the toilet, when a cop burst in.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
By this time there were three of us outside the toilet and one of us ran to get security.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi?
December 3, 2014
He would load his chair with groceries and other purchases, once a 30-roll package of toilet paper.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
Whenever I had to use the toilet I had to knock on the door and ask permission.What It’s Like to Be Snatched by the Delta Force
October 9, 2014
In your husband's box, ammunition takes the place of toilet articles.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
After that he went quietly about the usual business of his toilet.The Greater Inclination
But Alice, progressing with her toilet, appeared to be little concerned.Alice Adams
Speak not with unseemly levity of the mysteries of the toilet,' he cried.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
With these words he turned to the glass again, and went on with his toilet.Barnaby Rudge
- another word for lavatory
- old-fashioned the act of dressing and preparing oneselfto make one's toilet
- old-fashioned a dressing table or the articles used when making one's toilet
- rare costume
- the cleansing of a wound, etc, after an operation or childbirth
Word Origin and History for toilet
1530s, "cover or bag for clothes," from Middle French toilette "a cloth, bag for clothes," diminutive of toile "cloth, net" (see toil (n.2)). Sense evolution is to "act or process of dressing" (1680s); then "a dressing room" (1819), especially one with a lavatory attached; then "lavatory or porcelain plumbing fixture" (1895), an American euphemistic use. Toilet paper is attested from 1884 (the Middle English equivalent was arse-wisp). Toilet training is recorded from 1940.