toilet
I. noun Etymology: French toilette cloth on which items used for grooming are placed, from Middle French, piece of batiste, from diminutive of toile cloth Date: 1667 1. archaic dressing table 2. the act or process of dressing and grooming oneself 3. a. (1) bathroom, lavatory 2 (2) privy b. a fixture that consists usually of a water-flushed bowl and seat and is used for defecation and urination 4. cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure <
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II. verb Date: 1840 intransitive verb 1. to dress and groom oneself 2. to use the toilet — usually used of a child transitive verb 1. dress, garb 2. to help (as a child or sick person) use the toilet

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  • Toilet — Toi let, n. [F. toilette, dim. of toile cloth. See {Toil} a net.] 1. A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or a dressing room. [1913 Webster] 2. A dressing table. Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. Act or mode of dressing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toilet — [toi′lit] n. [MFr toilette, orig., cloth covering used in shaving or hairdressing < OFr toile, cloth: see TOIL2] 1. Obs. a dressing table 2. the process of dressing or grooming oneself, esp., of dressing one s hair 3. toilette; dress; attire;… …   English World dictionary

  • toilet — (n.) 1530s, cover or bag for clothes, from M.Fr. toilette a cloth, bag for clothes, dim. of toile cloth, net (see TOIL (Cf. toil) (n.2)). Sense evolution is to act or process of dressing (1680s); then a dressing room (1819), especially one with a …   Etymology dictionary

  • toilet — is the commonest word in BrE for what used to be called water closet (or WC) and is still sometimes called lavatory. It is the word normally used on signs and notices when more specific reference to ladies and gentlemen (or gents) is not given.… …   Modern English usage

  • toilet — (ingl.; pronunc. [tualét]; Hispam.) m. Toilette …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • toilet — ► NOUN 1) a large bowl for urinating or defecating into, typically plumbed into a sewage system. 2) the process of washing oneself, dressing, and attending to one s appearance. ORIGIN originally denoting a cloth cover for a dressing table, later… …   English terms dictionary

  • Toilet — This article is about a sanitation fixture used primarily for the disposal of human excrement. For a room containing a toilet, see toilet (room). For other uses, see toilet (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • toilet — noun 1 bowl with a seat, used for passing solid waste ADJECTIVE ▪ flush, flushing ▪ The caravan is equipped with a sink and a flush toilet. ▪ portable ▪ chemical, compost ( …   Collocations dictionary

  • toilet */*/ — UK [ˈtɔɪlət] / US noun Word forms toilet : singular toilet plural toilets 1) [countable] a structure like a seat over a hole where you get rid of waste from your body Can I use your toilet? a) a room in a house or public building that contains a… …   English dictionary

  • toilet — n. 1 = LAVATORY. 2 the process of washing oneself, dressing, etc. (make one s toilet). 3 the cleansing of part of the body after an operation or at the time of childbirth. Phrases and idioms: toilet paper (or tissue) paper for cleaning oneself… …   Useful english dictionary

  • toilet — toi|let [ tɔılət ] noun * 1. ) count a structure like a seat over a hole where you get rid of waste from your body: Can I use your toilet? a ) MAINLY BRITISH a BATHROOM b ) only before noun relating to a toilet: toilet facilities a toilet… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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