uri·​nal | \ ˈyər-ə-nᵊl How to pronounce urinal (audio) , ˈyu̇r-, British also yu̇-ˈrī-nᵊl\

Definition of urinal

1 : a vessel for receiving urine
2a : a building or enclosure with facilities for urinating
b : a fixture used for urinating

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The boy walked from the urinal to the outside of the stall and waited for the man, later identified as Mulkey, to exit his stall. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Mayfair Mall employee took a video of a 15-year-old boy in a mall bathroom, complaint says," 28 Aug. 2019 Perry, who wore a pink dress with a feathered hem, kicked off her performance near a urinal as her keyboardist sat in the latrine next to hers and her guitarist sat on the toilet in a nearby stall. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Katy Perry Belts Out 'Small Talk' During 'Potty Jams' Session in the Bathroom with Her Band," 23 Aug. 2019 Above the urinal in the men’s bathroom is Marilyn Monroe singing to a large crowd of troops. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Mission BBQ: Where customers stand up and sing the national anthem at lunch – every day," 4 July 2019 But almost everything else was left in the Camp Century trenches: prefabricated huts that served as dorms and mess halls, tables, chairs, sinks, mattresses, bunks, urinals, the billiards table. Jon Gertner, WIRED, "The Top Secret Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice," 12 June 2019 If Marcel Duchamp famously took a urinal and turned into art, these designers have turned equally unusual objects and turned them into...fashion. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Purses Shaped Like Ballet Slippers, Baseball Hats, and Tartan Boxers Are Taking Over The Fashion Industry," 9 July 2019 Luz Lazo Officials in Hanover County want a local man to take down part of an unconventional Christmas display featuring toilets and a urinal that is still in his yard. Washington Post, "Woman leads police on high-speed pursuit," 5 July 2019 And his cards room, built in a tower across an arched walkway from the home’s second floor, has a urinal built into the wall so Jones and his buddies never had to leave the room during games. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Couple shares 25-year love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright home," 18 June 2019 With thousands of people watching the Dr DisRespect stream, Beahm walked into a bathroom with a cameraman and streamed himself urinating into a urinal. Allen Kim, CNN, "Dr Disrespect Twitch account suspended, E3 pass revoked for illegal bathroom stream," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of urinal

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for urinal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin, from Latin urina

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English Language Learners Definition of urinal

: a toilet that is attached to a wall especially in a public bathroom for men to urinate into


uri·​nal | \ ˈyu̇r-ən-ᵊl How to pronounce urinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of urinal

1 : a vessel into which a bedridden person urinates
2 : a container worn by a person with urinary incontinence

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