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toilet

[toi-lit]
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noun
  1. a bathroom fixture consisting of a bowl, usually with a detachable, hinged seat and lid, and a device for flushing with water, used for defecation and urination.
  2. a lavatory.
  3. a bathroom.
  4. toilet bowl.
  5. a dressing room, especially one containing a bath.
  6. the act or process of dressing or grooming oneself, including bathing and arranging the hair: to make one's toilet; busy at her toilet.
  7. toilet set.
  8. the dress or costume of a person; any particular costume: toilet of white silk.
  9. Surgery. the cleansing of a part after childbirth or a wound after an operation.
  10. Archaic. dressing table.
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Idioms
  1. go down/in the toilet, to become worthless or profitless; be doomed: The team's entire season went down the toilet.
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Also toilette (for defs 6, 8).

Origin of toilet

1530–40; < French toilette small cloth, doily, dressing table, equivalent to toile toil2 + -ette -et
Can be confusedtoilet toilette
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Related Words

latrine, outhouse, lavatory, restroom, attire, dressing, toilette, make-up, grooming, throne, head, commode, privy, can, washroom, W.C., potty, john, garderobe

Examples from the Web for toilet

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Historical Examples

  • In your husband's box, ammunition takes the place of toilet articles.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • After that he went quietly about the usual business of his toilet.

  • But Alice, progressing with her toilet, appeared to be little concerned.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Speak not with unseemly levity of the mysteries of the toilet,' he cried.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • With these words he turned to the glass again, and went on with his toilet.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for toilet

toilet

noun
  1. another word for lavatory
  2. old-fashioned the act of dressing and preparing oneselfto make one's toilet
  3. old-fashioned a dressing table or the articles used when making one's toilet
  4. rare costume
  5. the cleansing of a wound, etc, after an operation or childbirth
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Word Origin

C16: from French toilette dress, from toile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for toilet

n.

1530s, "cover or bag for clothes," from Middle French toilette "a cloth, bag for clothes," diminutive of toile "cloth, net" (see toil (n.2)). Sense evolution is to "act or process of dressing" (1680s); then "a dressing room" (1819), especially one with a lavatory attached; then "lavatory or porcelain plumbing fixture" (1895), an American euphemistic use. Toilet paper is attested from 1884 (the Middle English equivalent was arse-wisp). Toilet training is recorded from 1940.

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