American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A room equipped with washing and often toilet facilities; a bathroom.
- n. A washbowl or basin, especially one permanently installed with running water.
- n. A flush toilet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Washing, or cleansing by washing.
- n. A room or place for washing, or where anything is washed.
- n. A sort of concave stone table upon which, in the middle ages, dead bodies were washed before burial, in monasteries, hospitals, and elsewhere.
- n. In medicine, a wash or lotion for a diseased part.
- n. The ceremonial washing of the hands of the priest in the celebration of the holy communion.
- n. In plumbing, a permanent wash-bowl of marble, enameled iron, or porcelain, fitted with hot and cold-water pipes, a waste-pipe, and other conveniences and fixtures. It may be affixed to a wall or stand upon the floor.
- n. A room, especially in a hotel or public building, provided with means for washing the hands and face, and often including a water-closet.
- n. A bathroom; a washroom; a room containing a toilet.
- n. A facility for washing hands; a basin.
- n. UK A toilet, a water closet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Washing, or cleansing by washing.
- n. A place for washing.
- n. A basin or other vessel for washing in.
- n. A wash or lotion for a diseased part.
- n. A place where gold is obtained by washing.
- n. A room containing one or more sinks for washing, as well as one or more toilet fixtures; also called
bathroom, toilet, and sometimes commode. Commode and toilet may refer to a room with only a toilet fixture, but without a sink.
- n. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
- n. a toilet that is cleaned of waste by the flow of water through it
- n. a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face
- From Latin as if *lavatorius, from Late Latin lavator ("a clothes washer"), from lavō ("wash"); see lave. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, piscina, from Late Latin lavātōrium, from lavātor, launderer, from Latin lavāre, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The midcabin lavatory is closer, but I’ve got time to kill, so I turn and pick my way back among the crammed seats.”
“The lavatory is also very nice, a serene expanse of cool white that nicely offsets the busy detail of the tile.”
“It has a capacity for 4 passengers in its normal configuration, but it can carry up to 6 passengers if the lavatory is removed.”
“A lavatory is commonly called a wash basin, some types of valves are called stops.”
“I must accompany her into a little pavilion covered in a green trellis, not unlike one of the disused toll-houses of old Paris, in which had recently been installed what in England they call a lavatory but in France, by an ill-informed piece of anglomania, ‘water-closets.’”
“Please allow me to tender my most profound apologies for intruding so clumsily on your private grief, and to escort you to, er, or rather, direct you to the, well, what I can only in the circumstances call the lavatory, which is out of the tent and on the left.”
“30 - 1525 Magdalene Swart (56) physique found by son in lavatory upon camp nearby Rustenburg, NW”
“30 - 1525 Magdalene Swart (56) body found by son in lavatory upon camp nearby Rustenburg, NW”
“Every in-flight meal became an opportunity to snatch a Pan Am swizzle stick or a plastic cup; every visit to the lavatory was another opportunity to pilfer a bar of soap emblazoned with the Pan Am logo.”
“We think they're funny for calling the lavatory the bathroom, and for wearing body armour to play the game we call rugby.”
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