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  1. a low cabinet or similar piece of furniture, often highly ornamental, containing drawers or shelves.
  2. a stand or cupboard containing a chamber pot or washbasin.
  3. toilet(def 1).
  4. a portable toilet, especially one on a chairlike frame with wheels, as for an invalid.
  5. an elaborate headdress consisting chiefly of a high framework decorated with lace, ribbons, etc., worn perched on top of the hair by women in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
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Origin of commode

1680–90; < French < Latin commodus convenient, equivalent to com- com- + modus mode1
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  1. a piece of furniture, usually highly ornamented, containing drawers or shelves
  2. a bedside table with a cabinet below for a chamber pot or washbasin
  3. a movable piece of furniture, sometimes in the form of a chair, with a hinged flap concealing a chamber pot
  4. a woman's high-tiered headdress of lace, worn in the late 17th century
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Latin commodus commodious
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Word Origin and History for commode


1786, "chest of drawers," earlier (1680s) name of a type of fashionable ladies' headdress, from French commode, noun use of adjective meaning "convenient, suitable," from Latin commodus "proper, fit, appropriate, convenient, satisfactory," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + modus "measure, manner" (see mode (n.1)). Meaning "chair housing a chamber pot" first attested 1851 from notion of "convenience."

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