[wosh-stand, wawsh-]


a piece of furniture holding a basin, pitcher, etc., for use in washing one's hands and face.
a stationary fixture having faucets with running water, for the same purpose.

Origin of washstand

First recorded in 1820–30; wash + stand
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Related Words for washstand

dresser, chiffonier, cap, cupboard, bathroom

Examples from the Web for washstand

Historical Examples of washstand

  • The table serving as washstand stood securely on its four legs.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • His face was as white as the clean towels on the captain's washstand.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Any detective that saw that stuff on the washstand would know.

  • "I'd stuck it in the little mirror over the washstand," she explained.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • From where he sat he could reach the door of a washstand locker.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for washstand



a piece of furniture designed to hold a basin, etc, for washing the face and hands
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