- 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.
- (in many medieval monasteries) a large stone basin equipped with a number of small orifices through which water flowed, used for the performance of ablutions.
- a washbowl with a spigot-equipped water tank above, both mounted on a wall: now often used for decoration or as a planter.
Origin of lavabo
First recorded in 1855–60, lavabo is from the Latin word lavābō: I shall wash
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Examples from the Web for lavabo
Nothing represented the poverty of the Legion so much as this "lavabo."In the Foreign Legion
This building was known, in monastic terminology, as the “Lavabo.”Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth
The only portions of the monastery which remain in a fair state of preservation are the Chapter House and the Lavabo.
The Lavabo, likewise borrowed from the heathen lustrations, reappears now.La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages
The marble Lavabo in the sacristy of San Lorenzo is also a doubtful piece of sculpture.Donatello
David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
- the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands after the offertory at Mass
- (as modifier)lavabo basin; lavabo towel
- another name for washbasin
- a trough for washing in a convent or monastery
C19: from Latin: I shall wash, the opening of Psalm 26:6