[ bee-dey, bih-det ]
/ biˈdeɪ, bɪˈdɛt /


a low, basinlike bathroom fixture, usually with spigots, used for bathing the genital and perineal areas.
a small saddle horse.

Origin of bidet

1620–30; < Middle French: pony; akin to Old French bider to trot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bidet

  • Bidet, writing in 1759, foreshadows the misery which marked the last thirty years of the ancien rgime.

    A History of Champagne|Henry Vizetelly

British Dictionary definitions for bidet


/ (ˈbiːdeɪ) /


a small low basin for washing the genitals and anal area

Word Origin for bidet

C17: from French: small horse, probably from Old French bider to trot
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