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.

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The city’s solution: Spend $188,732.77 for plumbers to work overtime replacing the efficient commodes with old-fashioned models purchased by the dozen from Home Depot. Scott Dance,, "Baltimore housing authority spent nearly $200,000 to replace new toilets amid Poe Homes water outage," 9 Aug. 2019 The separate shower is large, while the commode occupies its own room., "Property of the Week: 5 Stonebridge Lane, West Hartford," 2 Aug. 2019 Looking for the cleanest commodes during your travels? Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Hitting the road? Here's a list of the nicest gas station bathrooms in each state," 1 July 2019 Safe and inexpensive to operate, these commodes can function without running water and, in some cases, electricity. Manuel Canales, National Geographic, "These new toilets could solve a global problem," 22 June 2019 As with any engineering problem, the BYU team broke down the commodes into separate parts. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Using Physics To Build a Quieter Airplane Toilet," 5 Apr. 2019 The status commode today, according to several agents: the Toto Neorest dual-flush model, which has a heated seat, multiple wash modes and an automatic air-purifying system. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Top 10 Upgrades to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar," 3 Jan. 2019 Throughout history empire-building CEOs not being held to account by investors have frittered away capital on value-destroying takeovers, luxurious new headquarters and even golden commodes. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "What Really Ails American Capitalism," 10 Feb. 2019 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

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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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