Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or dressing room.
  • n. A dressing table.
  • v. To dress and groom oneself
  • v. To use the toilet, or assist (a child etc) in using the toilet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

French toilette, clothes bag, from Old French tellette, diminutive of teile, cloth; see toil2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French toilette ("small cloth,") diminutive of toile ("cloth"); a cloth used to protect garments when making up the hair or shaving. (Wiktionary)

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