bi·​det | \ bi-ˈdā How to pronounce bidet (audio) \

Definition of bidet

: a bathroom fixture used especially for bathing the external genitals and the anal region

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Recent Examples on the Web The bidet attachment is still in its box, being used as a doorstop, and will eventually be returned for hopefully every last cent since my live stand-up comedy income has presently dried up. Cameron Esposito, Bon Appétit, "What To Do When Your Girlfriend Gets Sick? Make Soup," 20 Apr. 2020 Tushy, which makes a $100 bidet attachment for toilets, said its sales spiked in mid-March, hitting $1 million in a single day. Dee-ann Durbin, Houston Chronicle, "Wiped out of toilet paper? Here's why," 9 Apr. 2020 With toilet paper becoming a hot commodity, bidets seem to be the next best thing. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "This best-selling bidet can replace toilet paper—and its on sale," 25 Mar. 2020 Depictions of bidets in popular culture often focus on luxury models. New York Times, "Is It Time for Americans to Embrace the Bidet?," 1 Apr. 2020 And this weekend, a 28-year-old Chicagoan named Xack Brame posted a photograph of his new bidet on Twitter. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "As Toilet Paper Flies Off Shelves, Bidet Sales Go Boom-Boom," 17 Mar. 2020 Stars are effusive about their love for bidets, those butt-spritzing toilet gizmos. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: Toilet paper shortages spark interest in bidets. Your guide to the bathroom tool," 12 Mar. 2020 And while Americans have historically been anti-bidet, according to Wired, TUSHY sales have increased tenfold in the last few weeks. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "Stop Panic-Buying Toilet Paper and Get This Instead," 24 Mar. 2020 Might the legacy of the coronavirus crash be...bidets? Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, "Will coronavirus finally get Americans to embrace the bidet?," 22 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bidet

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bidet

French, small horse, bidet, from Middle French, from bider to trot

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The first known use of bidet was in 1752

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29 Apr 2020

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“Bidet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bidet

: a bowl like a small toilet with faucets that is used for washing your bottom


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Medical Definition of bidet

: a bathroom fixture about the height of the seat of a chair used especially for bathing the external genitals and the anal region

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