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

  • n. A lavatory for women.
  • n. A lavatory for guests in a private home.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A women's toilet, especially in a public venue such as a restaurant, boutique, or hotel lobby.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The room in a ship in which gunpowder is kept. See magazine, 1.

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

  • n. a woman's restroom in a public (or semipublic) building


Euphemism (the category is known as indirection) – identifying the lavatory as a place to powder one's nose ("apply make-up"), rather than to use the toilet. Origin 1905–10; first attested 1941. (Wiktionary)


  • The door to the powder room opened and Virginia LaBelle, her makeup restored, her frosted hair no longer mussed, managed a wan smile that didn’t quite reach her eyes.


  • The music digressed into noise; Danny spotted a bank of phone booths next to the powder room and rolled back to police work.

    The Big Nowhere


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