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washstand

[wosh-stand, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌstænd, ˈwɔʃ-/
noun
1.
a piece of furniture holding a basin, pitcher, etc., for use in washing one's hands and face.
2.
a stationary fixture having faucets with running water, for the same purpose.
Origin of washstand
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; wash + stand
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Examples from the Web for washstand
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  • The table serving as washstand stood securely on its four legs.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • His face was as white as the clean towels on the captain's washstand.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Any detective that saw that stuff on the washstand would know.

  • "I'd stuck it in the little mirror over the washstand," she explained.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • From where he sat he could reach the door of a washstand locker.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • It contained a single bed, a chest of drawers, a washstand, and a wardrobe.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • The china utensils of the washstand were turned head downwards.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • The bench was to do duty for washstand and the impedimenta thereto.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • "And the bed and washstand and the pretty blue screen," added Julia.

  • Annixter stared as Presley laid the box on the edge of the washstand.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for washstand

washstand

/ˈwɒʃˌstænd/
noun
1.
a piece of furniture designed to hold a basin, etc, for washing the face and hands
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