toi·​let·​ry | \ ˈtȯi-lə-trē How to pronounce toiletry (audio) \
plural toiletries

Definition of toiletry

: an article or preparation (such as toothpaste, shaving cream, or cologne) used in cleaning or grooming oneself usually used in plural

Examples of toiletry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

There was no time to pack clothes or toiletries, and the children hadn’t been back to the home since, the prosecutor said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Spring mother of 4 charged with murder in husband's death," 26 Mar. 2018 Rather than give money to these folks, my daughter-in-law and granddaughter have made up clear zipper-top bags with small toiletry items to hand out. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 Some of the items collected include healthy snacks, juice boxes, bottled water along with paper towels and toiletry items. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "School Bus, Van Drivers Hosting Stuff A Bus Event Saturday," 26 Apr. 2018 Rooms are stunning and have every amenity luxury travelers expect, like Wifi, filtered water bottles, french press coffee, bathrobes, toiletries, and a minibar. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Safari in Kenya: A Beginner's Guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Throw down your new bath mats, unpack your toiletries, and sip a glass of Champagne. Brooke Foster, ELLE Decor, "The Everything-You-Need-To-Know Bathroom Renovation Checklist," 30 June 2014 There’s a blanket, headphones, a toiletries kit, and some compression socks. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 Between 2010 and 2016, the pair allegedly spent a total at $11,375.46 in campaign funds at Costco, primarily for personal items including groceries, toiletries, cosmetics, pet supplies and video games. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Rep. Duncan Hunter pleads not guilty, claims indictment 'politically motivated'," 23 Aug. 2018 Don't worry, just ask for a care package with all the basics, like these: Keep track of all of your toiletries with an easy to carry caddy. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "15 Care Package Items for Every Kind of College Student," 2 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'toiletry.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of toiletry

1917, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about toiletry

Statistics for toiletry

Last Updated

20 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for toiletry

The first known use of toiletry was in 1917

See more words from the same year

Comments on toiletry

What made you want to look up toiletry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!