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 Fewer adults of any age say that gender designations influence their toiletries purchases. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Does Your Razor Need a Gender?," 1 Feb. 2020 Needed are: socks, blankets, travel-size toiletries (new preferred) WHERE: The Playhouse, 1911 Third St. WHEN: 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 MORE INFORMATION: Yearlings Club King Holiday Reception, 4309 W. Broadway, 4 p.m. Jan. 20. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 10 events in Louisville where you can honor MLK's legacy this month," 13 Jan. 2020 Neighbors donated everything, from school supplies to toiletries. USA TODAY, "Gray whale tows calf, wolves on the move, John Dillinger won’t be exhumed; News from around our 50 states," 11 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of toiletry

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toiletry was in 1917

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6 Feb 2020

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“Toiletry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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