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 While many would like to flush the year 2020 down the toilet, bathroom tech is no joke. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Don't rest on restroom technology. The flow of innovation can give you a smarter bathroom," 26 Dec. 2020 On another occasion, Vice President Cheney’s granddaughter accidentally clicked a panic button while trying to flush a toilet. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History Behind the Vice President’s Residence, Number One Observatory Circle," 11 Dec. 2020 Drugs dumped in the trash could be retrieved by people who would take them or sell them or by children, and some drugs flushed down the toilet can contaminate the water supply, the DEA says. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Connecticut residents dump 8,000 pounds of drugs, vaping material on record takeback day," 2 Nov. 2020 While in a jail cell, the woman attempted to flush a blanket down the toilet and flood the floor. John Benson, cleveland, "Florida man admits to drinking five beers before driving to pharmacy: North Royalton Police Blotter," 21 Oct. 2020 When my sister and I began ignoring them my mother flushed the fish down the toilet. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Koi make an easy osprey snack," 29 Sep. 2020 Infected individuals excrete the pathogen, which gets flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain. Kyle Bibby, The Conversation, "COVID-19 clues in a community’s sewage: 4 questions answered about watching wastewater for coronavirus," 31 Aug. 2020 Lorifice admitted to trying to flush a tennis ball-sized chunk of meth down the toilet, according to prosecutors. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rehabed Encinitas pro skater avoids more prison in drug case," 7 Aug. 2020 Little ones are also prone to flushing their Lego down the toilet; one estimate posits that in Britain alone, 2.5 million Lego pieces have been flushed down the loo by children under 10. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Lego Pieces Could Last for 1,300 Years in Marine Environments," 24 Mar. 2020 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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Toilet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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