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[wosh-room, -roo m, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌrum, -ˌrʊm, ˈwɔʃ-/
a room having washbowls and other toilet facilities.
Origin of washroom
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10; wash + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The first noon whistle—work dropped—a rush for the washroom.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • I've just locked Pedro into the fireman's washroom and he's not going to like it very much!

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • Grant, cursing his luck, boiled into his clothes and made a race for the washroom.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • Charles walked from the washroom to the line of passengers across the floor.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • There was also a washroom, a small kitchen and an outdoor john.

  • The washroom in our barracks contained a row of sinks where we washed and shaved.

  • In the washroom Mr. Hydeman made no secret of his finesse as a Don Juan.

  • There, in the washroom, he cleaned himself as best he could.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
British Dictionary definitions for washroom


/ˈwɒʃˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a room, esp in a factory or office block, in which lavatories, washbasins, etc, are situated
(US & Canadian) a euphemism for lavatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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