sanitary

adjective
san·​i·​tary | \ ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sanitary (audio) \

Definition of sanitary

1 : of or relating to health sanitary measures
2 : of, relating to, or used in the disposal especially of domestic waterborne waste a sanitary sewer system
3 : characterized by or readily kept in cleanliness sanitary packages

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Other Words from sanitary

sanitarily \ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce sanitary (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sanitary in a Sentence

the nurse made sure that everything in the room was sanitary so that the baby wouldn't get sick
Recent Examples on the Web Roughly 40% of New Britain’s sanitary sewer lines are more than 75 years old, and Stewart warned that residents will face rising costs — and the risk of occasional pipe collapses — without a schedule for annual repairs and replacements. Don Stacom, courant.com, 19 Oct. 2021 There are struggles that are nearly unimaginable — difficult living environments, poor housing, lack of employment opportunities, and lack of healthy and sanitary food. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2021 City inspectors issued George a half-dozen sanitary code violations. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 The social networking app has debuted a new feature that provides users with information about how to run for everything from state attorney general to U.S. representative to the local sanitary district board. Declan Harty, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2021 His grandmother’s dying wish was that Clodine’s kids would not grow up in this place, devoid of clean drinking water and sanitary toilets, with no work and little chance of ever going to school. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 3 Oct. 2021 Investigators collected Vérove’s DNA after his death, matching it to DNA on a cigarette butt from a crime scene and a victim’s sanitary protection. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 2 Oct. 2021 Officials received some criticism about their safety and sanitary conditions. oregonlive, 1 Oct. 2021 Sunday began deporting people from the makeshift camp where nearly 14,000 migrants have gathered beneath a South Texas bridge amid food shortages and deteriorating sanitary conditions. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of sanitary

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanitary

French sanitaire, from Latin sanitas

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“Sanitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanitary. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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sanitary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sanitary

: of or relating to good health or protection from dirt, infection, disease, etc.
: free from dirt, infection, disease, etc.

sanitary

adjective
san·​i·​tary | \ ˈsa-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sanitary (audio) \

Kids Definition of sanitary

1 : relating to health or hygiene poor sanitary conditions
2 : free from filth, infection, or other dangers to health sanitary hands

sanitary

adjective
san·​i·​tary | \ ˈsan-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce sanitary (audio) \

Medical Definition of sanitary

1 : of or relating to health sanitary measures
2 : of, relating to, or used in the disposal especially of domestic waterborne waste sanitary sewage
3 : characterized by or readily kept in cleanliness sanitary food handling

Other Words from sanitary

sanitarily \ ˌsan-​ə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce sanitary (audio) \ adverb

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