[ uh-bloo-shuh n ]
/ əˈblu ʃən /


a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual.
the liquid thus used.
Usually ablutions. a washing of the hands, body, etc.

Origin of ablution

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ablūtiōn- (stem of ablūtiō), equivalent to ablūt(us), past participle of abluere (see abluent) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

ab·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective

Can be confused

ablation ablution
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British Dictionary definitions for ablution


/ (əˈbluːʃən) /


the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
(often plural) the act of washing (esp in the phrase perform one's ablutions)
(plural) military informal a washing place

Derived Forms

ablutionary, adjective

Word Origin for ablution

C14: ultimately from Latin ablūere to wash away
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