[ bath, bahth ]
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noun,plural baths [bathz, bahthz, baths, bahths]. /bæðz, bɑðz, bæθs, bɑθs/.
  1. a washing or immersion of something, especially the body, in water, steam, etc., as for cleansing or medical treatment: I take a bath every day. Give the dog a bath.

  2. a quantity of water or other liquid used for this purpose: running a bath.

  1. a container for water or other cleansing liquid, as a bathtub.

  2. a room equipped for bathing; bathroom: The house has two baths.

  3. a building containing rooms or apartments with equipment for bathing; bathhouse.

  4. Often baths . one of the elaborate bathing establishments of the ancients: the baths of Caracalla.

  5. Usually baths . a town or resort visited for medical treatment by bathing or the like; spa.

  6. a preparation, as an acid solution, in which something is immersed.

  7. the container for such a preparation.

  8. a device for controlling the temperature of something by the use of a surrounding medium, as sand, water, oil, etc.

  9. Metallurgy.

    • the depressed hearth of a steelmaking furnace.

    • the molten metal being made into steel in a steelmaking furnace.

  10. the state of being covered by a liquid, as perspiration:in a bath of sweat.

verb (used with or without object),bathed, bath·ing.Chiefly British.
  1. to wash or soak in a bath.

Idioms about bath

  1. take a bath, Informal. to suffer a large financial loss: Many investors are taking a bath on their bond investments.

Origin of bath

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun bath, beth, beath, Old English bæth; cognate with Old Frisian beth, Old Saxon, Old Norse bath, German Bad; from Germanic bátha-n “what is warmed,” from a root meaning “to warm”

Other words from bath

  • bathless, adjective

Other definitions for bath (2 of 3)

[ bath ]

  1. a Hebrew unit of liquid measure, equal to a quantity varying between 10 and 11 U.S. gallons (38 and 42 liters).

Origin of bath

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English bath(us), batus, from Latin batus, from Greek bátos, from Hebrew bath

Other definitions for Bath (3 of 3)

[ bath, bahth ]

  1. a city in Avon, in SW England: mineral springs.

  2. a seaport in SW Maine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for bath (1 of 4)


/ (bɑːθ) /

nounplural baths (bɑːðz)
  1. a large container, esp one made of enamelled iron or plastic, used for washing or medically treating the body: Related adjective: balneal

  2. the act or an instance of washing in such a container

  1. the amount of liquid contained in a bath

  2. run a bath to turn on the taps to fill a bath with water for bathing oneself

  3. (usually plural) a place that provides baths or a swimming pool for public use

    • a vessel in which something is immersed to maintain it at a constant temperature, to process it photographically, electrolytically, etc, or to lubricate it

    • the liquid used in such a vessel

  1. British to wash in a bath

Origin of bath

Old English bæth; compare Old High German bad, Old Norse bath; related to Swedish basa to clean with warm water, Old High German bāen to warm

British Dictionary definitions for bath (2 of 4)


/ (bæθ) /

  1. an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure equal to about 8.3 Imperial gallons or 10 US gallons

Origin of bath


British Dictionary definitions for Bath (3 of 4)


/ (bɑːθ) /

  1. a city in SW England, in Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority, Somerset, on the River Avon: famous for its hot springs; a fashionable spa in the 18th century; Roman remains, notably the baths; university (1966). Pop: 90 144 (2001): Latin name: Aquae Sulis (ˈækwiːˈsuːlɪs)

British Dictionary definitions for Ba'th (4 of 4)



/ (bɑːθ) /

  1. an Arab Socialist party, esp in Iraq and Syria, founded by Michel Aflaq in 1941. It attempts to combine Marxism with pan-Islamic nationalism

Origin of Ba'th

C20: from Arabic: resurgence

Derived forms of Ba'th

  • Bathi, adjective
  • Bathism, noun
  • Bathist, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with bath


see take a bath; throw out the baby with the bath water.

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