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 As Yemi Nakagawa’s belly swelled, she was forced to use group showers and a latrine dug in the ground. Hannah Kirshner, New York Times, "In Japanese New Year Dishes, a Family Connects With Its Past," 24 Dec. 2019 The camps were surrounded by open-pit latrines, and the smell of sewage was overpowering; children lay around with flies on them. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India," 2 Dec. 2019 Sewage nearly overflows in the few portable latrines lining one side of the camp., "Migrants hunkered down in crowded, filthy border encampment," 17 Nov. 2019 The aid workers record the number of residents in each tent, as well as the number of latrines and kitchens in the settlement. Abby Sewell, Wired, "How Aid Groups Map Refugee Camps That Officially Don't Exist," 20 Jan. 2020 Visitors can take guided tours or wander through the building on their own, stepping inside some of the spartan 6-by-10-foot cells, still outfitted with beds, lockers, latrines and other remnants of life behind bars. Lori Rackl,, "Time’s up: Cell Block 7, a museum within a Michigan prison complex, will close at the end of the year," 20 Nov. 2019 But the gains decline to 60 cents if, as often happens, the new social norms fail to take hold and the latrines fall into disuse. The Economist, "Free exchange Cost-benefit analyses offend against the notion that life is priceless," 16 Nov. 2019 Travelling to the mess tent and the latrine required hooking in to ropes. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "A Photographer at the Ends of the Earth," 30 Sep. 2019 Police discovered her fetus in the latrine and charged Hernández with aggravated homicide. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "A Salvadoran woman was charged in the death of her stillborn baby. A judge acquitted her.," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Latrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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