eau de toilette

eau de toi·​lette | \ ˌō-də-twä-ˈlet \
plural eaux de toilette\ ˌō(z)-​twä-​ˈlet \ or eaux de toilettes\ ˌō(z)-​də-​twä-​ˈlet(s) \ or eau de toilettes\ ˌō-​də-​twä-​ˈlet(s) \

Definition of eau de toilette

: a perfumed liquid containing a lower percentage of fragrant oils than is contained in ordinary perfume or eau de parfum

called also toilet water

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Chanel's in-house perfumer Olivier Polge, who has been at the helm since 2015, just introduced three light, citrusy, and unexpected eau de toilettes called Lex Eaux de Chanel. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Just Launched Three Unisex Fragrances That Will Change The Way You Think About Chanel Perfume," 21 June 2018 The lily of the valley eau de toilette is a modern reinterpretation of Jacques Guerlain’s 110-year-old fragrance. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Guerlain’s Master Perfumer Loves the Smell of Apricots and Jasmine," 4 June 2018 This method, although helpful, has its limits—a regular old eau de toilette can’t revive the volume, shine, or texture of second-day hair. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Why Hair Perfume Is This Summer’s Ultimate Beauty Hack," 30 May 2018 Arguably the luxury industry’s most hackneyed adjective is ‘timeless’, and in one of the posters for the eau de toilette Portman strikes an ahistorical pose of feminine allure. Longreads, "Is the Internet Changing Time?," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of eau de toilette

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eau de toilette

French, literally, water for washing and dressing

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