rest·​room | \ ˈrest-ˌrüm , -ˌru̇m\

Definition of restroom

: a room or suite of rooms in a public space providing toilets and lavatories : a public bathroom

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Synonyms for restroom


bath, bathroom, bog [British], can, cloakroom [British], comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], potty, toilet, washroom, water closet

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Examples of restroom in a Sentence

I wasn't feeling well and had to make a number of trips to the restroom.

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The lounge also features WiFi, a photo booth, restrooms, and phone charging stations. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "See Inside the Exclusive American Express Lounge at the US Open," 30 Aug. 2018 Some retailers are experimenting with blue lights to prevent drug users from shooting up in their restrooms. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: A poll commissioned by Bush and Biden shows Americans losing confidence in democracy," 26 June 2018 That includes the Joyce, which recently made one of its patron restrooms all-gender and is in the process of making its backstage dressing rooms all-gender in time for these performances. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, "For Pride Week at the Joyce Theater, a Painful Look Back," 15 June 2018 Now, the vocal mom is petitioning the park to make its restrooms truly accessible for all. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Disney World slammed by parents of disabled child for ‘disgraceful’ lack of changing facilities," 5 June 2018 The cages in each wing opened out into common areas to use portable restrooms. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "Fact-checking President Trump on migrants, Saudis, Hispanic vote," 22 Oct. 2018 The cages in each wing open out into common areas to use portable restrooms. CBS News, "Inside look at Border Patrol facility in Texas housing hundreds of children," 17 June 2018 The lengthy document has drawn media attention in recent years for positions such as supporting reparative therapy to help gay Texans reject their homosexual lifestyle and determining which restrooms transgender Texans may use. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Texas Republicans: Some want to nix red light cameras, property taxes, even officials," 11 June 2018 Since then, surveys show relatively stable results of mild support for allowing people to use the restrooms that match their gender identities, as opposed to their biological sexes at birth. Grace Sparks, CNN, "Marriage is the least of LGBTQ+ issues at the start of Pride Month," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of restroom

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of restroom was in 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of restroom

US : a room in a public place with a sink and toilet


rest·​room | \ ˈrest-ˌrüm , -ˌru̇m\

Kids Definition of restroom

: a room with a toilet and sink

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