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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Synonyms for latrine


bath, bathroom, bog [British], can, cloakroom [British], comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, john, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], potty, restroom, toilet, washroom, water closet

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Examples of latrine in a Sentence

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There was a run on toilet paper, lines for the latrines. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a massive campaign to improve public health by installing more than 80 million latrines. Emily Schmall, The Seattle Times, "5 killed by toxic fumes while cleaning septic tank in Delhi," 10 Sep. 2018 Aid workers have cleaned out thousands of latrines. Kristen Gelineau, Fox News, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives," 17 July 2018 The makeshift latrines were originally housed in the yard of a city house but ended up sealed beneath the ground when a road was built in the 1680s. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 Although the barrels were mainly used as latrines, the presence of sand, gravel and brick fragments, as well as certain plant and animal remains, suggests they were also used for rubbish disposal. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 In addition to highlighting the contents of a typical 17th-century Danish diet, the latrines reveal the poor sanitary conditions of the period—roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm eggs were all present in the deposits. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018 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

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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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