latrine

noun
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

Synonyms

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

where's the nearest latrine, soldier?

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When Hernández Cruz had her stillbirth, her mother—who found her passed out and covered in blood in their family’s home outside a latrine—took her to the hospital to seek medical attention, but found the police instead. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "This dystopian trial in El Salvador is what a total ban on abortion looks like," 20 Aug. 2019 Kampo envisions expanding to plastic housing for teachers and latrines for schools. Anemona Hartocollis, BostonGlobe.com, "Less waste and more schools, one plastic brick at a time," 27 July 2019 Those organizations might dig pit latrines, install septic systems, or maintain clean and safe toilets, whatever’s needed in their area. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "Who Gives a Crap," 17 July 2019 Fesler just wants to keep his car from turning into a latrine. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Will CU keep Nebraska Cornhuskers fans out of Boulder? When pigs fly.," 15 July 2019 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

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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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latrine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of latrine

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

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