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  1. a toilet or something used as a toilet, as a trench in the earth in a camp, or bivouac area.

Origin of latrine

1635–45; <French <Latin lātrīna, short for lavātrīna place for washing, derivative of lavāre to wash

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How to use latrine in a sentence

  • Two days later, when authorities did, they found eight bodies in the latrine system of the local school.

  • When I wasn't batting or playing third, I sat in the latrine and came out only when they needed me.

  • He also helped us ditch all about the tent so the rain-water would drain away, and he constructed a latrine for camp.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • This latrine is for summer usenot for a week-end camp, you know.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • It is wonderful what a wholesome effect on a lazy man has the imposition of three days latrine duty!

    Training for the Trenches | Leslie Vickers
  • There was a latrine pit and an open stone hearth and a naked brown man with wild hair and a beard.

    The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth

British Dictionary definitions for latrine


/ (ləˈtriːn) /

  1. a lavatory, as in a barracks, camp, etc

Origin of latrine

C17: from French, from Latin lātrīna, shortened form of lavātrīna bath, from lavāre to wash

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