- a toilet or something used as a toilet, as a trench in the earth in a camp, or bivouac area.
Origin of latrine
Related Words for latrineouthouse, toilet, bathroom, restroom, lavatory, head, privy, washroom, john
Examples from the Web for latrine
Contemporary Examples of latrine
Two days later, when authorities did, they found eight bodies in the latrine system of the local school.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
September 20, 2014
Historical Examples of latrine
Longs, the latrine at Brasenose, so called because built by Lady Long.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
The word ‘lantine’ on p. 115 is most likely a corruption of ‘latrine’, but has been allowed to stand.Broke
Edwin A. Brown
Andrews was leaving the latrine when he heard a voice call softly, "Skinny."
There was no light in the ill-smelling shack that served for a latrine.
This latrine is for summer usenot for a week-end camp, you know.Natalie: A Garden Scout
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
- a lavatory, as in a barracks, camp, etc
Word Origin for latrine
Word Origin and History for latrine
c.1300, probably from Latin latrina, contraction of lavatrina "washbasin, washroom," from lavatus, past participle of lavare "to wash" (see lave) + -trina, suffix denoting "workplace." Its reappearance in 1640s is probably a re-borrowing from French; especially of a privy of a camp, barracks, college, hospital, etc. Latrine rumor "baseless gossip" (of the kind that spreads in conversations in latrines) is military slang, first recorded 1918.