[bath-room, -roo m, bahth-]


a room equipped for taking a bath or shower.


    go to/usethe bathroom, to use the toilet; urinate or defecate.

Origin of bathroom

First recorded in 1690–1700; bath1 + room Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bathroom

toilet, bath, shower, lavatory, sauna, restroom, spa, washroom

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British Dictionary definitions for bathroom



a room containing a bath or shower and usually a washbasin and lavatory
US and Canadian another name for lavatory
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Word Origin and History for bathroom

1780, from bath + room (n.). Originally a room with apparatus for bathing, used 20c. in U.S. as a euphemism for a lavatory and often noted as a word that confused British travelers. To go to the bathroom, euphemism for "relieve oneself; urinate, defecate," from 1920 (in a book for children), but typically used without regard for whether an actual bathroom is involved.

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