toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

Definition of toilet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a fixture that consists usually of a water-flushed bowl and seat and is used for defecation and urination
2 : the act or process of dressing and grooming oneself
3 : cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure pulmonary toilet
4 archaic : dressing table


toileted; toileting; toilets

Definition of toilet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to dress and groom oneself
2 : to use the toilet usually used of a child

transitive verb

1 : dress, garb
2 : to help (someone, such as a child or sick person) use the toilet

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Synonyms & Antonyms for toilet

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of toilet in a Sentence

Noun One of the kids needed to use the toilet. a painting of a woman at her toilet Verb the princess required at least a dozen maids to toilet her for formal occasions
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Paper products such as toilet tissue and paper towels, along with personal care items, are also welcome. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John Bosco Parish to sponsor contactless food drop-off event: Sun Postings," 11 May 2020 Some do not require electricity and install like toilet seats. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Can’t Find Toilet Paper? Try These Alternatives," 7 May 2020 Yesterday my husband installed a bidet toilet seat. Beth Spotswood,, "Our mental state gets strained in times of crisis — and it happens to a lot of us," 22 Apr. 2020 Tushy, which makes a $100 bidet attachment for toilets, said its sales spiked in mid-March, hitting $1 million in a single day. Dee-ann Durbin, Houston Chronicle, "Wiped out of toilet paper? Here's why," 9 Apr. 2020 Last week’s winner, Sarah Burnham, took home a roll of toilet tissue in addition to her trophy and $2,800 paycheck. Beth Ann Nichols, azcentral, "Golf in Arizona to continue during 'stay-at-home' order, so Cactus Tour rolls on," 31 Mar. 2020 One of its bestsellers is an elongated bidet toilet seat that retails for $499. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It took a pandemic for U.S. consumers to adopt the bidet," 26 Mar. 2020 In fact, Time reported that cell phones have 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can Clean Your Phone with Clorox Wipes, Apple Says," 10 Mar. 2020 The drive isn’t limited to just food, donors were welcome to provide toiletries, such as toilet tissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other hygiene products. Akira Kyles,, "New Windsor mayor braves the elements to collect food, coats for those in need," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That same survey revealed a nurse helped toilet the resident with gloves, but the resident didn’t have a gown on. Deon J. Hampton,, "Enquirer investigation: Cincinnati's nursing homes struggle with basic infection control," 3 Apr. 2020 To offset this inconvenience, reports the Associated Press, Airbnb will place a heated bathroom trailer with a shower, sink and toilet on the site. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Spend a Night in This 65-Foot-Tall, Elephant-Shaped Airbnb," 4 Mar. 2020 Personal care attendants — known as PCAs — typically help with such tasks as dressing, toileting, walking, and light housework. Globe Staff,, "For families of ALS patients, providing home care can be an infinite challenge," 11 Jan. 2020 The government now says 100% of the country has toilet coverage. Helen Regan And Manveena Suri, CNN, "Half of India couldn't access a toilet 5 years ago. Modi built 110M latrines -- but will people use them?," 5 Oct. 2019 Duties and activities that may be required of the nurses include ventilator care, tracheotomy care and suctioning, medication administration, toileting/diapering and oral feeding. Erika Butler,, "Harford school board OKs contracts for security cameras on new buses," 25 July 2019 The most popular posts by far have tended to be comical rather than truly spooky; the post with the most impressions is a Polo Ralph Lauren toilet that, so far, has reached 1.5 million people. Margaret Lin, Curbed, "This meme page curates the best of the internet’s ‘spooky toilets’," 5 Oct. 2018 But the clogger had been even busier in past years, Kerlin told the Sheboygan Press — blocking the same public women’s toilet 14 times in 2017, and 12 the year before. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Serial toilet clogger cost city thousands. But a tip just flushed him out, police say," 30 May 2018 But check out one of the bathrooms to see something uncharacteristic of Tudors: A strawberry pink bathtub, sink and toilet. Janet Eastman,, "Oddball or adorable Oregon homes for sale: How pink is your sink?," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of toilet


1667, in the meaning defined at sense 4


1828, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for toilet


French toilette cloth on which items used for grooming are placed, from Middle French, piece of batiste, from diminutive of toile cloth

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The first known use of toilet was in 1667

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26 May 2020

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“Toilet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of toilet

: a large bowl attached to a pipe that is used for getting rid of bodily waste and then flushed with water
old-fashioned : the act or process of washing and dressing yourself


toi·​let | \ ˈtȯi-lət How to pronounce toilet (audio) \

Kids Definition of toilet

1 : a device for getting rid of body waste that consists usually of a bowl that is flushed with water
3 : the act or process of getting dressed and groomed


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Medical Definition of toilet

: cleansing in preparation for or in association with a medical or surgical procedure a pharyngeal toilet

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