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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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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The campground includes drinking water, latrines and trash and recycling containers. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "5 things to do in the western suburbs June 14-16," 10 June 2019 As for the bathroom situation, well, its slightly better than digging a latrine on a camping trip, but not by much. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You," 11 June 2019 Nancy, Diane, and Paul have never camped in conditions like this and are especially anxious about having to use the latrine in a storm. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 When the Allied forces closed in at last, Heisenberg took apart the B-VIII experiment and buried the uranium cubes in a field, ferreting away key documentation in a latrine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A tale of lost WW2 uranium cubes shows why Germany’s nuclear program failed," 3 June 2019 But the plight of sewer and latrine cleaners remains largely unchanged, activists say. Emily Schmall, The Seattle Times, "5 killed by toxic fumes while cleaning septic tank in Delhi," 10 Sep. 2018 To win favor with Beijing, local officials have tried to outgun one another with newfangled latrines, many equipped with flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi and facial-recognition toilet paper dispensers. Sui-lee Wee, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates encourages the world to build a better toilet," 6 Nov. 2018 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

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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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