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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The attack occurred Wednesday when 28-year-old Albert Narvaez excused himself to use the restroom. Ricky Pinela,, "Florida man hurls urine on prosecutor during sentencing hearing," 6 Sep. 2019 At Orange Glen High School, the Performing Arts Center is being remodeled, as is the restroom in the varsity dugout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Campus improvements greet returning students," 25 Aug. 2019 Usually the first comment by someone about Buc-ee’s is its clean restrooms. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "TxDOT and Buc-ee’s: Clean bathrooms + clean roadsides = partnership," 20 Aug. 2019 The charter facilities agreement — which the Ocean View School District board approved unanimously during its meeting Tuesday — also states that Sycamore Creek students will have shared use of the school’s new gymnasium and one of its restrooms. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Sycamore Creek Community Charter School to open at Oak View Elementary campus in H.B. this year," 14 Aug. 2019 Starbucks says its public restrooms are available to anyone, with or without a purchase. Sean P. Murphy,, "A Crohn’s disease sufferer asked to use a Starbucks bathroom. He was denied, but that’s illegal," 29 July 2019 So there are baby-changing tables in all the restrooms, and everyone on staff is cross-trained. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 Vancouver Lake Regional Park is still open and water in the restrooms and shelters is not affected by the algae blooms, the release said., "Vancouver Lake swim beach closes over elevated toxic algae levels," 24 July 2019 Plumbing and water testing has not been completed in the restrooms near the main entrance. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Hartford Athletic is finally playing soccer at Dillon Stadium, but why are we still waiting for construction to finish?," 18 July 2019

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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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