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lavatory

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noun lav·a·to·ry \ˈla-və-ˌtȯr-ē, British -və-t(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of lavatory

  • : a room with a toilet and sink

  • : a bathroom sink

Full Definition of lavatory

plural lav·a·to·ries

  1. 1 :  a vessel (as a basin) for washing; especially :  a fixed bowl or basin with running water and drainpipe for washing

  2. 2 :  a room with conveniences for washing and usually with one or more toilets

  3. 3 :  toilet 3b

lavatory adjective

Examples of lavatory

  1. a wide choice of lavatories on sale at plumbing supply stores

  2. <the school's filthy, broken-down lavatories were a disgrace>



Origin of lavatory

Middle English lavatorie, from Medieval Latin lavatorium, from Latin lavare to wash — more at lye


First Known Use: 14th century

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