lavatory

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noun lav·a·to·ry \ˈla-və-ˌtȯr-ē, British -və-t(ə-)rē\

Definition of lavatory

plural

lavatories

  1. 1 :  a vessel (such as a basin) for washing; especially :  a fixed bowl or basin with running water and drainpipe for washing

  2. 2 :  a room with conveniences for washing and usually with one or more toilets the airplane's lavatory

  3. 3 :  toilet 1a

lavatory

adjective

Examples of lavatory in a Sentence

  1. a wide choice of lavatories on sale at plumbing supply stores

  2. the school's filthy, broken-down lavatories were a disgrace

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Origin and Etymology of lavatory

Middle English lavatorie, from Medieval Latin lavatorium, from Latin lavare to wash — more at lye

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LAVATORY Defined for English Language Learners

lavatory

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Definition of lavatory for English Language Learners

  • : a room with a toilet and sink

  • : a bathroom sink


LAVATORY Defined for Kids

lavatory

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noun lav·a·to·ry \ˈla-və-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of lavatory for Students

plural

lavatories

  1. 1 :  a small sink (as in a bathroom)

  2. 2 :  a room for washing that usually has a toilet

  3. 3 :  toilet 1



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