noun, plural la·va·boes.
- the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands after the offertory in the Mass, accompanied in the Roman rite by the recitation of Psalm 26:6–12.
- the passage recited.
- the small towel or the basin used.
Origin of lavabo
Examples from the Web for lavabo
The Lavabo, likewise borrowed from the heathen lustrations, reappears now.La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages|Jules Michelet
Nothing represented the poverty of the Legion so much as this "lavabo."In the Foreign Legion|Erwin Rosen
Do you ever use any ceremony such as the Lavabo, or swinging of the incense immediately before or after the service?A Gamble with Life|Silas K. Hocking
This building was known, in monastic terminology, as the “Lavabo.”Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth|Anonymous
The only portions of the monastery which remain in a fair state of preservation are the Chapter House and the Lavabo.
British Dictionary definitions for lavabo
noun plural -boes or -bos mainly RC Church
- the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands after the offertory at Mass
- (as modifier)lavabo basin; lavabo towel