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[wosh-stand, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌstænd, ˈwɔʃ-/
a piece of furniture holding a basin, pitcher, etc., for use in washing one's hands and face.
a stationary fixture having faucets with running water, for the same purpose.
Origin of washstand
First recorded in 1820-30; wash + stand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Placing the flickering stump on the washstand, Fargus secured the door.

    Max Fargus Owen Johnson
  • The table serving as washstand stood securely on its four legs.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Our light baggage had to be kept on the bunk all day, being deposited on the washstand and floor every night.

    Five Months on a German Raider Frederic George Trayes
  • His face was as white as the clean towels on the captain's washstand.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • There was a washstand near the window, a chest of drawers, a dressing table and a large wardrobe at the side of the bed.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • Any detective that saw that stuff on the washstand would know.

  • At last, however, it was completed, and he rose to his feet with the assistance of the washstand and the berth.

  • From where he sat he could reach the door of a washstand locker.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • The sponge is used for the bath, the wash rag for the washstand.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • It contained a single bed, a chest of drawers, a washstand, and a wardrobe.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for washstand


a piece of furniture designed to hold a basin, etc, for washing the face and hands
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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