la·​trine lə-ˈtrēn How to pronounce latrine (audio)
: a receptacle (such as a pit in the earth) for use as a toilet

Examples of latrine in a Sentence

where's the nearest latrine, soldier?
Recent Examples on the Web Last year, the WHO and UNICEF’s Joint Monitoring Programme estimated that around 3.5 billion people — 43% of the world’s population — have no access to a toilet or latrine connected to wastewater treatment or safe disposal. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 This includes distributing cholera prevention kits, decontaminating homes and communal latrines, and setting up hand disinfection stations. Maryanne Murray Buechner, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Nearly a billion of those people use unsafe pit latrines or buckets, or defecate in the open. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Residents often rely on shallow pit latrines as toilets, and, without piped water, use streams or lakes for drinking and washing. Jeffrey Moyo, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The discovery of the latrine indicates that the ancient society that once lived in the settlement really cared about hygiene. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Hay piles and latrines are basically tiny fertilizer depots. Bathsheba Demuth, The Atlantic, 4 Jan. 2024 By one government estimate, Ana alone destroyed 54,000 latrines and about 340 wells. WIRED, 16 Sep. 2023 The government provided electricity and water and aid groups had built latrines, but residents had to deal with snakes, rats and bugs, Mr. Omar said. Nimet Kirac Nicole Tung, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of latrine was in 1642

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“Latrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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