[ kuh-mohd ]
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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.

  1. a portable toilet, especially one on a chairlike frame with wheels, as for an invalid.

  2. 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.

Origin of commode

First recorded in 1680–90; from French, from Latin commodus “convenient, fitting, suitable”; equivalent to com- + mode1

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How to use commode in a sentence

  • She caught sight of herself in an old mirror, which stood upon a commode.

  • In 1691 we find advertised in the Livre commode of Paris a portable coffee-making outfit to fit the pocket.

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British Dictionary definitions for commode


/ (kəˈməʊd) /

  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

  1. a movable piece of furniture, sometimes in the form of a chair, with a hinged flap concealing a chamber pot

  2. a woman's high-tiered headdress of lace, worn in the late 17th century

Origin of commode

C17: from French, from Latin commodus commodious

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