toilette

noun

toi·​lette twä-ˈlet How to pronounce toilette (audio)
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2
a
: formal or fashionable attire or style of dress
b
: a particular costume or outfit

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a vivid opening scene, Prioleau details the adult Miriam’s arduous toilette, and her reliance on pearl powder to whiten her skin. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 In The White Helicopter, Benedict’s toilette is no sooner finished than his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, played by Kaspars Znotiņš, walks in. Joan Acocella, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 In The White Helicopter, Benedict’s toilette is no sooner finished than his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, played by Kaspars Znotiņš, walks in. Joan Acocella, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 In The White Helicopter, Benedict’s toilette is no sooner finished than his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, played by Kaspars Znotiņš, walks in. Joan Acocella, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 In The White Helicopter, Benedict’s toilette is no sooner finished than his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, played by Kaspars Znotiņš, walks in. Joan Acocella, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 In The White Helicopter, Benedict’s toilette is no sooner finished than his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, played by Kaspars Znotiņš, walks in. Joan Acocella, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 In The White Helicopter, Benedict’s toilette is no sooner finished than his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, played by Kaspars Znotiņš, walks in. Joan Acocella, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 But the French did their own version of a daily toilette. Rory Satran, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, from Middle French

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of toilette was in 1681

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Cite this Entry

“Toilette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toilette. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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