lavabo

noun

la·​va·​bo lə-ˈvä-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce lavabo (audio)
plural lavabos
1
often capitalized : a ceremony at Mass in which the celebrant washes his hands after offering the oblations and says Psalm 25:6–12 (Douay Version)
2
a
: a washbasin and a tank with a spigot that are fastened to a wall
b
: this combination used as a planter

Word History

Etymology

Latin, I shall wash, from lavare

First Known Use

circa 1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lavabo was circa 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Lavabo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lavabo. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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