garbage can


a container, usually of metal or plastic, for the disposal of waste matter, especially kitchen refuse.

Compare trash can.

Origin of garbage can

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for garbage can

dustbin, ashcan

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British Dictionary definitions for garbage can

garbage can


US and Canadian a large, usually cylindrical container for refuse, esp one used by a householdAlso called: ash bin, ash can, trash can, (in Britain (and certain other countries)) dustbin
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