pis·​soir pi-ˈswär How to pronounce pissoir (audio)
: a public urinal usually located on the street in some European countries

Example Sentences

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, 8 Aug. 2020

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pissoir was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Pissoir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pissoir. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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