la·​trine | \ lə-ˈtrēn How to pronounce latrine (audio) \

Definition of latrine

1 : a receptacle (such as a pit in the earth) for use as a toilet

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Recent Examples on the Web According to Ars Technica, the Jerusalem samples came from a cesspit that held the contents of at least two households’ toilets; the Riga samples were from a public latrine used by many people. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Mine Medieval Toilets for Traces of Gut Microbiomes," 8 Oct. 2020 Someone had flushed a bird along the trail to the latrine. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The Toughest Grouse Hunts are Always Worth It," 16 Sep. 2020 Bonds organized players to lift up the latrine while Redell was still inside. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jim Bonds is a teacher and coach who’s made a difference," 20 Oct. 2020 Tree rings from a wooden structure around the remains of the latrine dated to 1356 CE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists delved into medieval cesspits to study old gut microbiomes," 6 Oct. 2020 Speaking with the Irish Independent, Matthew adds that a pot found in a cellar likely used as a latrine may have functioned as medieval air freshener. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sourdough Bread Oven, ‘Air Freshener’ Found at Medieval Irish Monastery," 23 Sep. 2020 Among the discoveries made at the site in Beamore, a suburb of the ancient town of Drogheda, are a sourdough bread bakery and a central latrine with what appears to be its very own air freshener. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sourdough Bread Oven, ‘Air Freshener’ Found at Medieval Irish Monastery," 23 Sep. 2020 Used as a latrine by residents of nearby townhouses, the pit was filled with everyday objects—including plates, chamber pots, drinking glasses, and a variety of combs and brushes—discarded during the early 1700s. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Lost Medieval Sacristy, Burial Grounds Unearthed at Westminster Abbey," 26 Aug. 2020 Because latrines in the sandy campground were primitive at best, water in these shallow holes soon became contaminated by human waste. Gary Kamiya,, "When disease racked Gold Rush San Francisco," 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of latrine

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for latrine

French, from Latin latrina, contraction of lavatrina, from lavare to wash — more at lye

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The first known use of latrine was in 1642

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“Latrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of latrine

: an outdoor toilet that is usually a hole dug in the ground

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