Lavatory Lav"a*to*ry, n.; pl. {Lavatories}. [L. lavatorium: cf. lavatoire. See {Lave} to wash, and cf. {Laver}.] 1. A place for washing. [1913 Webster]

2. A basin or other vessel for washing in. [1913 Webster]

3. A wash or lotion for a diseased part. [1913 Webster]

4. A place where gold is obtained by washing. [1913 Webster]

5. A room containing one or more sinks for washing, as well as one or more toilet fixtures; also called {bathroom}, {toilet}, and sometimes {commode}. Commode and toilet may refer to a room with only a toilet fixture, but without a sink.

Syn: toilet, lavatory, can, facility, john, privy, bathroom. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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