American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fixture for defecation and urination, consisting of a bowl fitted with a hinged seat and connected to a waste pipe and a flushing apparatus; a privy.
- n. A room or booth containing such a fixture.
- n. The act or process of dressing or grooming oneself.
- n. Dress; attire; costume.
- n. The cleansing of a body area as part of a surgical or medical procedure.
- n. Archaic A dressing table.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A room designed as a dressing-room, especially one provided with facilities for bathing; in a restricted sense, a bath-room or water-closet.
- n. A cloth, generally of linen.
- n. Hence An article made of linen or other Cloth. A cloth to be thrown over the shoulders during shaving or hair-dressing.
- n. A cover for a dressing-table, or for the articles set upon it. Now called toilet-cover.
- n. A bag or cloth case for holding clothing, etc.
- n. Hence The articles, collectively, used in dressing, as a mirror, bottles, boxes, brushes, and combs, set upon the dressing-table; a toilet-service.
- n. A dressing-table furnished with a mirror: more commonly called toilet-table.
- n. The process of dressing; formerly, specifically, the dressing and powdering of the hair, during which women of fashion received callers.
- n. The dress and make-up of a person; as, his toilet was not irreproachable; also, any particular costume: as, a toilet of white silk: in the last sense chiefly used by writers of “fashion articles.”
- n. In surgery, the cleansing of the part after an operation, especially in the peritoneal cavity.
- n. Now specifically, a room or enclosed cubicle containing a lavatory, e.g., a bathroom or water closet (w.c.).
- n. Other similar devices, such as squat toilets, as in Japan or the Middle East.
- n. obsolete A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or dressing room.
- n. obsolete A dressing table.
- v. dated To dress and groom oneself
- v. To use the toilet, or assist (a child etc) in using the toilet
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or a dressing room.
- n. A dressing table.
- n. Act or mode of dressing, or that which is arranged in dressing; attire; dress.
- n. misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
- n. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
- n. the act of dressing and preparing yourself
- n. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
- From French toilette ("small cloth,") diminutive of toile ("cloth"); a cloth used to protect garments when making up the hair or shaving. (Wiktionary)
- French toilette, clothes bag, from Old French tellette, diminutive of teile, cloth; see toil2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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