rest·​room | \ ˈrest-ˌrüm How to pronounce restroom (audio) , -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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To keep from getting sick, passengers should wash hands often, but especially after using the restroom, and before eating or smoking. Lillian Reed,, "How many passengers got sick on cruises leaving Baltimore? The CDC has an answer for that and more.," 13 June 2019 Wash hands after using the restroom and before eating or preparing meals for yourself or others. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Kroger recalling this product because of hepatitis A contamination," 10 June 2019 Nowadays, many consumers won’t use a restroom without first checking reviews on the internet. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Are paying a fee or waiting a few months the only options to ending a contract?," 6 June 2019 One of the most iconic moments in recent NBA Finals history came to be because someone had to go use the restroom. Kaelen Jones,, "The Truth: Paul Pierce Was Wheelchaired From 2008 Finals to Use the Bathroom," 5 June 2019 That 2012 law prohibits spying on someone else in an obviously private place such as a restroom stall. Ashley Remkus,, "Some Jackson County schools dismissing early because of flooding," 1 Mar. 2018 Many in the 15-minute walkout were protesting a transgender girl’s right to use the women’s restroom at the school; others were there to offer that student support. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Iowa Students Demonstrated for and Against a Trans Classmate's Right to Bathroom Access," 15 Apr. 2019 Equipped with restrooms and showers, along with power, water, and sewers, the racetrack's campgrounds can accommodate about 5,000 people. Jeff Martin, Fox News, "Storm evacuees find refuge at speedways, makeshift shelters," 12 Sep. 2018 In China, where the technology is more common, your face can be used to buy fast food, or claim your allowance of toilet paper at a public restroom. James Vincent, The Verge, "The tech industry doesn’t have a plan for dealing with bias in facial recognition," 26 July 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 How to pronounce restroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m\

Kids Definition of restroom

: a room with a toilet and sink

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