Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A public bathroom for women.
  • noun A bathroom used by guests in a private residence.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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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.

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