chamber pot


: a bedroom vessel for urination and defecation

Examples of chamber pot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bidet originated in France, used by aristocrats as a separate piece of furniture next to the chamber pot. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 There are fleas and chamber pots and thumbed noses and a St. Patrick’s Day picnic that — hold on to your shillelagh! Dan Barry, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 The Hagley collection includes miniature sofa beds, table-beds, and wardrobe-beds, plus a bed that combines bookshelves, a writing desk, and a tiny chamber pot. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024 As a result, women and children used chamber pots kept in their bedrooms, and men used an outhouse behind the building, where a makeshift shower had also been rigged. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, 20 Apr. 2023 Waste water from a chamber pot. Celia Storey, Arkansas Online, 16 May 2022 The room contained only a chamber pot, a wooden chest and three beds. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Aug. 2022 Rather than risk sitting in an outhouse next to Bogart, Hepburn opted to use a chamber pot in her cabin instead. Curbed, 1 Feb. 2022 Enlarge / Rim fragments of a chamber pot being excavated at a Roman villa site in Sicily. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chamber pot was in 1540

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“Chamber pot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

chamber pot

: a bedroom vessel for urination and defecation
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