uri·​nal | \ˈyər-ə-nᵊl, 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 downstairs one had a roomy shower with a Naturals hair and body wash dispenser, a bidet and, surprisingly, a urinal. Anja Mutic, New York Times, "On Croatia’s Coast, Stunning Pools and a Mediterranean Mood," 5 May 2018 People and things held up as the source of artists' inspiration range from Marcel Duchamp's urinal and the Impressionists' ballerinas to performance artist Leigh Bowery as painted by Lucian Freud. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 Three hours later, at 6:45 p.m., Hinson himself was outside when the man returned, this time in a cab, along with a collapsible commode, a urinal and three bags of clothes. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "Shelters, hospitals 'playing ping pong' with Philadelphia's homeless, sick population," 28 June 2018 The XL Center contains only 60 percent of the toilets and urinals required under the state building code. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "8 Reasons To Buy The Atrium, Other Space Outside Hartford's XL Center Arena Now Rather Than Later," 25 June 2018 Carry urinals, getting water, giving morphine were main jobs. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 Its ads are slapped over every urinal in the KFC Yum Center, and inside the stalls of every women’s restroom. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapy," 14 June 2018 An elevated urinal was also installed in the master bathroom and the bedroom had a TV wall mount that could rise for Wallace's viewing comfort. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Ex-Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace sells $3 million mansion seen on 'Cribs' (photos)," 11 June 2018 There are also 18 men's and 22 women's conventional restrooms with hundreds of stalls and urinals throughout the arena. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alex Lasry says gender-neutral bathrooms at Bucks arena will ensure everyone feels welcome," 7 June 2018

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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 \

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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