powder room


Definition of powder room 

1 : a restroom for women

2 : a lavatory in the main living area of a house

Examples of powder room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The house has six en-suite bedrooms, plus a study that could be converted into a seventh bedroom, and three powder rooms, across 7,900 square feet. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A Central Park West Townhouse, Rooted in History, on the Market for $29 Million," 19 Apr. 2018 This powder room in a San Francisco house, decorated by Katie Ridder, is an exuberant garden-like oasis with lime green walls dotted with aluminum flowers. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "4 Green Bathroom Ideas For Colorful Interior Design," 11 July 2016 Refined Renovations: kitchen, powder room, laundry room, sunroom remodel, 2470 Keats Drive, Brookfield. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Makeover ideas galore on display in NARI Milwaukee's Tour of Remodeled Homes this weekend," 18 May 2018 The powder room is tiled up to the ceiling (typical of many of the home’s bathroom walls) and has crystal pendant lights. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$1.5 Million Homes in Tennessee, Illinois and Hawaii," 17 Jan. 2018 For location: powder room mirrors or tall panels over bedside tables. Linda Jerkins, ajc, "A nod to mod & made in Atlanta," 15 May 2018 Enter into the living area, where French doors lead to the dining room; a new powder room makes smart use of scant space. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "For sale: American Foursquares in Andover and Dorchester," 29 June 2018 Inside, there are five bedrooms, three full baths and two powder rooms. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "On the market: A Delaware County 'treasure' dating to 19th century," 7 June 2018 Beyond the kitchen is a modern family room with glass sliders, an adjoining mudroom, powder room, and an alcove office. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Midcentury modern charmer wants $799K," 9 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'powder room.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of powder room

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about powder room

Share powder room

Statistics for powder room

Last Updated

13 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for powder room

The first known use of powder room was in 1927

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for powder room

powder room


English Language Learners Definition of powder room

: a small bathroom especially for guests that has a toilet and sink but not a bathtub or shower

: a public bathroom for women in a restaurant, hotel, etc.

More from Merriam-Webster on powder room

See words that rhyme with powder room

Comments on powder room

What made you want to look up powder room? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!