chamber pot


Definition of chamber pot

: a bedroom vessel for urination and defecation

Examples of chamber pot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many people emptied chamber pots out their windows. Katherine A. Foss, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Epidemics of the Past Forced Americans to Promote Health—and Ended Up Improving Life in This Country," 2 Apr. 2020 Wash basins and chamber pots remain undisturbed in officers' rooms. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "Divers Get an Eerie First Look Inside the Arctic Shipwreck of the HMS Terror," 30 Aug. 2019 There are wine jugs and kitchen utensils, chamber pots and tiny toothpicks carved from bone. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Stuffed Dormouse and Fish Gut Sauce: The Flavors of Pompeii," 7 Aug. 2019 And on Peck Slip, where assorted small-scale buildings were lined up in the 18th and 19th centuries, clay smoking pipes and pieces of an old chamber pot were found in 2013 and 2014, when a post office was converted into the Peck Slip School. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "The Toxic Secret Underneath the Seaport," 7 June 2019 Early monarchs lived quite literally in public: Elizabeth I’s father, Henry VIII, dealt with government officials even while sitting on his close-stool (a royal version of a chamber pot). Judith Flanders, WSJ, "‘Behind the Throne’ Review: It Takes a Kingdom," 5 Oct. 2018 Well ponds must be kept clean: women are strictly forbidden to scrub chamber pots or wash their undergarments in them. Lu Yang, The New Yorker, "Silver Tiger," 4 June 2017 It was considered a second step to the chamber pot, and both items were kept in the bedroom or dressing chamber. Maria Teresa Hart, The Atlantic, "The Bidet's Revival," 18 Mar. 2018 During the Renaissance, heels and platforms could give men a competitive advantage among their shorter peers, as well as elevate them from the streets, where people poured out their chamber pots. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, "Are High Heels Headed for a Tumble?," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of chamber pot

1540, in the meaning defined above

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“Chamber pot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chamber pot

: a container that is kept in a bedroom and that is used as a toilet

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Medical Definition of chamber pot

: a bedroom vessel for urination and defecation

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