pissoir

noun
pis·​soir | \ pi-ˈswär How to pronounce pissoir (audio) \

Definition of pissoir

: a public urinal usually located on the street in some European countries

Examples of pissoir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every prime minister comes into office promising to reform the Lords only to end up treating it as a patronage pissoir. The Economist, "Politics Boris Johnson’s horrible House of Lords list," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of pissoir

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pissoir

French, from Middle French, from pisser to urinate, from Old French pisser, pissier

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Cite this Entry

“Pissoir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pissoir. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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