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

  • noun A bathroom, especially one in a public place.

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  • noun US, Canada A toilet, especially a public one.

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  • noun a lavatory (particularly a lavatory in a public place)


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  • More than a little unreal - we sit you stand - suddenly it matters if the washroom is really clean.

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  • The washroom is too small for a camp with 87 men and cannot be considered adequate.

    Work Camp 11086 GW

  • You will learn to recognize when a public washroom is really a Space Alien Dissection Booth, based on the lobster trap theme of Darcy of Paris, Manitoba.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • I suppose the msm are too busy hunting down more * facts* about Larry Craig and his toe-tappin 'washroom antics and can't spend any time talking about an ex and current convict who gave tens of zillions of dollars to the Clinton's and Gore, gave state secrets away to the Chinese gov't and has his fingerprints all over dozens of Democrat state organizations.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Whenever we get home we call the washroom, Like, "I get to go first" so he called it, but i really really really had to go but he wouldn't let me, and i was like, "yeah but i just have to do a pee, you have to sit for an hour, so just let me go first ..." but he wouldn't.

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  • Besides perhaps having to venture out to use a public washroom, that is.

    Because Toilets Are NOT Optional

  • One strain was found next to a washroom, which isn't surprising since salmonella is spread by animal feces.


  • Hell, my dad even calls the washroom "The Library".

    Apartment Therapy Main

  • A visit to the washroom is a must to see the unique decor.

    Coolcat's Jottings

  • After finding the "washroom" (Polar Star is a Canadian ship), I continued my Drake Passage Initiation with a short and sweet session of "technicolor yodeling" (a euphemism for vomiting coined, I believe, by WAI guides Russ and Scott). TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at


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  • Acceptable, but quaint, in AmE

    January 6, 2012

  • Quaint? In my experience it's the standard (in polite conversation).

    January 6, 2012