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

Examples of urinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Countless hikers, campers, and road-trippers have faced this dilemma—and for many, there's one tool that saves the day: a female urinal. Rebecca Deczynski, Health.com, 3 May 2021 The kitchen, left; a red urinal that looks like the Rolling Stones’ lips emblem by Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel; the backyard of Mr. Joyner's home is a beach. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2020 Drinking fountains are closed and a limited number of bathroom sinks and urinals are available to ensure social distancing. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 12 May 2020 At Pleasant View, staff failed to put dates on oxygen equipment that requires regular changing or store personal urinals in a sanitary manner in a bathroom shared by eight residents, records show. Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2020 Ramones has pleaded guilty to failing to report that another police officer forced a homeless man to lick a public urinal. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2019 In bathrooms, every other sink and urinal will be taped off. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 1 May 2020 Every other sink and urinal inside restrooms will be taped off. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, 30 Apr. 2020 The gallery compares such assemblages to the ready-mades, including a wheel and an urinal, displayed by Marcel Duchamp a century ago. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 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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“Urinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urinal. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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