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

  • n. A public urinal located on the street in some European countries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A public urinal typically found in European, especially French, streets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a public urinal, in European countries.


French, from Old French, from pissier, to urinate; see piss.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1919. From French pissoir. (Wiktionary)



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  • "The loo experience has become as important to the people who design restaurants in New York as gleaming open kitchens were in the 80's. No building material is too obscure, no plumbing detail below notice. Not terribly long ago, a conversation pissoir was still a novelty. You had Phillipe Starck's men's room waterfall in the Royalton. You had Bar 89 in SoHo, where the glass doors shift from transparent to opaque -- as long as the user remembers to turn the lock."

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