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 Perhaps that's why Hough decided to remove a large slice of Mary Lynch's skin from her thighs, tossing them into a chamber pot to better preserve them. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 27 Dec. 2020 Many people emptied chamber pots out their windows. Katherine A. Foss, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2020 Wash basins and chamber pots remain undisturbed in officers' rooms. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, 30 Aug. 2019 There are wine jugs and kitchen utensils, chamber pots and tiny toothpicks carved from bone. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chamber pot

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 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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