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[ toi-lit ]


  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. a dressing room, especially one containing a bath.
  5. the act or process of dressing or grooming oneself, including bathing and arranging the hair:

    to make one's toilet; busy at her toilet.

  6. the dress or costume of a person; any particular costume:

    toilet of white silk.

  7. Surgery. the cleansing of a part after childbirth or a wound after an operation.
  8. Archaic. dressing table.


/ ˈtɔɪlɪt /


  1. another word for lavatory
  2. old-fashioned.
    the act of dressing and preparing oneself

    to make one's toilet

  3. old-fashioned.
    a dressing table or the articles used when making one's toilet
  4. rare.
  5. the cleansing of a wound, etc, after an operation or childbirth

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Word History and Origins

Origin of toilet1

1530–40; < French toilette small cloth, doily, dressing table, equivalent to toile toil 2 + -ette -et

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Word History and Origins

Origin of toilet1

C16: from French toilette dress, from toile

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Idioms and Phrases

  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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Example Sentences

Engineers are now developing smart toilets to analyze poop and pee.

A cat politely peeing into a toilet—it almost sounds like a dream.

It’s 12 pounds when it’s empty, and takes some forethought to load and set up, so it’s not the most mobile of bathrooms, but it feels the most like an indoor toilet.

Let’s say you only have one bathroom and midway through the project you realize you can’t repair your toilet before the end of the day and need to call in an expert to help.

It’s all part of a carefully crafted set of green syllabi schools — even though they’re shut for the moment because of the pandemic — are developing Secmol students working on dry toilets.

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Rogen refuses to share his toilet paper with Franco, and then they run into trouble starting a fire.

He was in the bathroom, perhaps trying to flush some pot down the toilet, when a cop burst in.

By this time there were three of us outside the toilet and one of us ran to get security.

She was obsessed with the flower-printed, scented toilet paper.

He would load his chair with groceries and other purchases, once a 30-roll package of toilet paper.

A pair of thin trousers and a shirt hanging down outside instead of being tucked in at the waist, and his toilet is made.

Perfect cleanliness and careful adjustment of each article in the dress are indispensable in a finished toilet.

A toilet may be as offensive to good taste and propriety by being too elaborate, as by being slovenly.

All the toilet arrangements were perfect, and each room had a recess in which was a large enamelled bath.

He surmised it from the fact that his master disliked scent, even in his toilet soap.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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toile de Jouytoilet bowl