- an enclosed room or compartment containing a toilet bowl fitted with a mechanism for flushing.
- Older Use. a privy or bathroom. Abbreviation: WC, w.c.
Origin of water closet
First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for water closet
There is not a water-closet, nor a decent place of retirement in all China.
In the bath-room a water-closet, a tub, and generally a wash-stand.
The water-closet problem has received a great deal of attention.
The use of the water-closet as a slop sink is not only legitimate but desirable.
This wood-house is open on two sides, and a water-closet is in the far corner.Rural Architecture
Lewis Falley Allen
- a lavatory flushed by water
- a small room that has a lavatory
Usually abbreviated to: WC
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