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 Those who want to volunteer need to provide a spare room or flat, a comfortable bed, basic amenities and toiletries, and the option for people to stay two or more consecutive days. Kristen Rogers And Brian Ries, CNN, "Airbnb hosts are opening their doors to people displaced by the Puerto Rico earthquakes," 17 Jan. 2020 Nonprofit workers who patrol these streets handing out toiletries and condoms for prostitutes have long said the Delux Inn is a place where pimps and prostitutes go to do business. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "After hundreds of 911 calls from this NW Dallas motel, it took a homicide to get the city to act," 3 Jan. 2020 The soldiers received stockings stuffed with candies, toiletries and other gifts. Washington Post, "Operation Holiday Express brings gifts to US troops in Syria," 24 Dec. 2019 Organizers at Phoenix nonprofit, Shoebox Ministry, collect toiletries and personal hygiene items to distribute to people in need. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Nonprofit shows that what you can fit in a shoebox can go a long way," 11 Dec. 2019 Oyo staff help hoteliers upgrade everything from furniture to bedding and toiletries and the hotel or guest house gets a bright red Oyo sign as a seal of approval, encouraging travelers to book. Peter Elstrom, Fortune, "‘Unicorn Porn:’ How SoftBank’s Investing Style Boosts Paper Profits—But Not Real-World Value," 26 Nov. 2019 The goal is to put together 400 bags containing hats, hand warmers, gloves, socks, chili, peanut butter, toiletries and other items. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A refugee relief group wants to help the homeless before the holidays," 20 Nov. 2019 Customers who were previously able to get same-day delivery by going to, can now use the retailer's app to order groceries, toiletries and other items for same-day drop-off at their front door. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Target shoppers can tap the app and get groceries dropped on their porch the same day," 15 Nov. 2019 Meal deliveries are Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The nonprofit also has a holiday food drive and needs donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and dog and cat food to fill about 70 boxes. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "How and where to volunteer in Louisville during the holiday season," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of toiletry

1917, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“Toiletry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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