com·​mode | \ kə-ˈmōd \

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.

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And the de Menils made sure to incorporate many antiques, including a Boulle commode that was a wedding gift from Jean’s father. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 The year before, my room had had a full bar, refrigerator, TV, and an Hermès scarf with a map of Paris (stolen from my parents’ front hall commode) pinned up on the wall. David Netto, Town & Country, "One Interior Designer on the Subtle Art of Decorating a Dorm Room," 12 July 2018 Three hours later, at 6:45 p.m., Hinson himself was outside when the man returned, this time in a cab, along with a collapsible commode, a urinal and three bags of clothes. Stacey Burling,, "Shelters, hospitals 'playing ping pong' with Philadelphia's homeless, sick population," 28 June 2018 The commode sits on top of a motorized base with a plow and a salter. Kate Storey, Good Housekeeping, "This Maryland Man Is Shoveling Snow Today With His Toilet," 14 Mar. 2017 Engineered to be efficient and low maintenance, the home offers 6-inch framing, foam insulation, 16-SEER Lennox A/C, thermal break aluminum Milgard windows, LED lighting, two tankless water heaters and Toto E/Max commodes. Houston Chronicle, "Prebisch Homes highlights contemporary design," 27 May 2018 On one hand, stand-up pee-ers wouldn’t be clogging up the lines to those sit-down commodes. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Math Says Urinals in Planes Could Make Lavatory Lines Shorter for Everyone," 22 May 2018 Think the switch from old toilets to new commodes is just a drop in the bucket? Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Free toilets for Detroiters could mean cleaner water in Great Lakes," 14 May 2018 Highlights of this luxury bath include a dual sink vanity, a jetted tub, a large shower stall with room for two – there are individual shower heads for each person – and a separate room for the commode. James Alexander,, "Property of the Week: 100 Summit Crest Drive, South Glastonbury," 22 Nov. 2017

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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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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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