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 In another bathroom scene, Charlotte’s husband, Harry, stands at the commode, urinating for an inordinately long (and loud) interlude. Rhonda Garelick, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Taking a star turn in one of Marcel Breuer’s sleekly muscular galleries, the commode stands on a dais against a wall painted the color of fog; a trio of green-and-gold Sèvres porcelains float on discreet supports above. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2021 The moral of this story is that there are only three things that are recommended for flushing down the commode -- and one of those things is toilet paper. Ike Morgan |, al, 2 Aug. 2021 Gizelle is wearing a memorable outfit, pregnant Ashley can't fit into her shoes, and Candiace doesn't even show up, citing frequent visits to the commode. Mary Sollosi,, 17 July 2021 Another Crystal Hill Elementary School parent told the news station that her kindergartner was forced to do the same thing last year because her daughter reportedly filled the commode with too much tissue. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 10 Mar. 2021 There was the time when hundreds of people were standing in lines at the Taylor H-E-B grocery store without access to bathrooms, so Leal used his wife’s truck to drag a portable commode from a nearby job site to the store. USA Today, 3 Mar. 2021 And Trump saw his dream of hosting major golf tournaments swirl down the golden commode. Scott Ostler,, 13 Jan. 2021 The first new commode designed in decades will eventually be used for deep space missions, but for now the agency wants to test it out a little closer to home. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Oct. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2022

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“Commode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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
: toilet

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