com·​mode | \ kə-ˈmōd How to pronounce commode (audio) \

Definition of commode

1a : a low chest of drawers
b : a boxlike structure holding a chamber pot under an open seat also : chamber pot
d : a movable washstand with a cupboard underneath
2 : a woman's ornate cap popular in the late 17th and early 18th centuries

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Examples of commode in a Sentence

There are towels in the cabinet above the commode.
Recent Examples on the Web Flushing a toilet can disperse the novel coronavirus 3 feet above the commode and suspend it in the air for more than a minute, according to one study. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: The harrowing diary of a COVID-19 survivor," 17 June 2020 Currently the agency’s shelves are empty of the following items: canes, crutches, walkers, bedside commodes, tub transfer benches, shower chairs, manual wheelchairs and transport chairs. Vincent T. Davis,, "Project Mend seeks medical equipment from San Antonio community to continue helping those in need," 14 May 2020 Outdoorsmen who might be tempted to scoff at portable commodes have clearly never tried to dig a latrine in ground that’s rock-solid frozen, or been stuck in an ice-fishing shack over a long weekend, with the nearest port-a-john nowhere in sight. Outdoor Life, "Reliable camping toilets for when nature calls," 23 Apr. 2020 Arizona Republic Should that really go in your commode? Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Phoenix area cities: Be careful what you flush if you run out of toilet paper," 20 Mar. 2020 My grandparents had an outhouse, and a favorite haunt of spiders is under the seat in these quaint commodes. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Most Dangerous Spiders in the World," 11 Nov. 2019 Miscellaneous items: Burlap bags, canvas/broadcloth bags, medical bottles/supplies, commode, spinning wheel, baskets and loom. cleveland, "Historic artifacts needed for Cahoon Museum: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 29 Feb. 2020 The reports document holes in cell walls and prison doors; collapsing ceilings; broken commodes, sinks, drains and tiles; exposed wiring; and roaches and rats throughout the prison. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Lawmakers Refused to Increase an Infamous Prison’s Funding. Then, Chaos Erupted.," 12 Jan. 2020 When giving a house guest a tour of your humble abode, make the commode the first stop. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Bathroom accessories to make your lavatory the best space in your house," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of commode

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for commode

French, from commode, adjective, suitable, convenient, from Latin commodus, from com- + modus measure — more at mete

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The first known use of commode was circa 1688

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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of commode

: a low piece of furniture with drawers or sometimes a door and shelves
: a chair with a hole in the seat and a pot underneath that is used as a toilet

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