la·trine | \ lə-ˈtrēn \

Definition of latrine 

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

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Examples of latrine in a Sentence

where's the nearest latrine, soldier?

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Rohwer had hundreds of barracks divided into blocks, each of which had a mess hall, a laundry facility, a latrine, and housing for families. Washington Post, "Possible migrant site minutes from former internment camp," 24 June 2018 Bangladesh’s neighbour, India, has subsidised and built a great many latrines. The Economist, "Bangladesh shows how to keep children alive," 22 Mar. 2018 Certainly, this will be true for highly undesirable jobs: the latrine cleaner can expect a pay bump and an engraved pen. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 Police Chief Steve Conrad's office was flooded with raw sewage this month thanks to Louisville inmates who overflowed their latrines above the downtown headquarters. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Inmates flooded police chief's office with sewage, city official says," 11 June 2018 Nearly one-third of latrines have been dug close to the wells that supply drinking water, creating an acute risk of contamination and outbreaks of diseases, such as cholera. Shashank Bengali,, "Rohingya Muslims who escaped the Myanmar army now brace for a threat they can't outrun: Rain," 30 May 2018 And parasites in a castle latrine in Cyprus attest to the poor health endured by crusaders. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "DNA from Ancient Latrines Reveal What People Ate Centuries Ago," 4 May 2018 Although the tubewells are often alarmingly close to the latrines, that seems to be fine. The Economist, "Bangladesh shows how to keep children alive," 22 Mar. 2018 The team collected sample of old latrines and soil deposits at eight different archeological sites. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "DNA from Ancient Latrines Reveal What People Ate Centuries Ago," 4 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of latrine

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

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