toi·let | \ˈtȯi-lət \

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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Examples of toilet in a Sentence


One of the kids needed to use the toilet. a painting of a woman at her toilet


the princess required at least a dozen maids to toilet her for formal occasions
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The lawsuit details a lengthy list of allegations, including detainees being locked in their rooms for 12 to 14 hours per day, having inadequate food and being forced to use the toilet under the view of guards. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Virginia governor calls for probe into abuse allegations at facility that holds immigrant teens," 21 June 2018 Per the European Space Agency, the poop just sits inside the toilet until mass disposal – which is every 10 days or so. Author: Avi Selk, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA astronaut reveals the lows of space travel: packing poop with her hand," 30 May 2018 Have bathroom entertainment ready so your time on the toilet doesn’t feel like total punishment. Korin Miller, SELF, "12 Colonoscopy Prep Tips From Gastroenterologists to Make the Whole Thing Less Hellish," 18 May 2018 Inside both series are a kitchen (including a sink, stove, fridge, and cupboard), bathroom (with a toilet, shower, and sink), a bistro table, and a multi-purpose space for hanging out and sleeping. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "You Could Live In This Tiny Houseboat For $61,000," 6 July 2018 All the people moving here and new construction in areas that were once prairie and farmland, means water managers need to come up with enough water for flushing toilets, watering lawns and so on. Alicia Acuna, Fox News, "Colorado town hopes to strike gold by converting abandoned mine into fresh water reservoir," 3 July 2018 Deputies found the gun on top of the toilet, the affidavit said. David Harris,, "Argument over money, lack of job led to son shooting mother near Windermere, affidavit says," 25 June 2018 The space there is occupied by a toilet, a microwave oven, and typically a couple of Styrofoam coolers containing food the pilots pack for themselves. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 The agreement required each fire station be renovated to provide separate toilets, showers, locker, and changing rooms for women. Meghan E. Irons,, "Firefighter says city’s violating agreement to accommodate Fire Department’s women," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The service can then quickly locate the brand, size and amount of a household good — from shampoo to toilet paper —that the customer previously bought, or make suggestions based on those past purchases. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Walmart products to be available via Google Express," 23 Aug. 2017 Scabies and lice can cling to towels, clothes, and bedding, but not toilet seats. Jenelle Marie Pierce, Allure, "The Truth About Whether You Can Get an STI From a Toilet Seat," 17 Aug. 2017 The technology is available in selected models, but it can also be installed in an existing toilet with Kohler's Touchless toilet flush kit—expected to retail for $100. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Add Touchless Technology To Your Bath Without Replacing Anything," 19 May 2014 Venezuela, for the record, is currently suffering chronic shortages of everything from food to toilet paper, a mass civil insurrection and murderous police brutality. Michael J. Totten, The Atlantic, "Why the Rise of Corbyn's Labour Party Should Worry the West," 13 June 2017

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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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Phrases Related to toilet

go to the toilet

toilet bag

toilet roll

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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

: the act or process of washing and dressing yourself


toi·let | \ˈtȯi-lət \

Kids Definition of toilet

1 : a device for getting rid of body waste that consists usually of a bowl that is flushed with water

2 : bathroom

3 : the act or process of getting dressed and groomed


toi·let | \ˈtȯi-lət \

Medical Definition of toilet 

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

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