uri·​nal ˈyər-ə-nᵊl How to pronounce urinal (audio)
 British also  yu̇-ˈrī-nᵊl
: a vessel for receiving urine
: a building or enclosure with facilities for urinating
: a fixture used for urinating

Examples of urinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nineteen artists have turned toilet seats and urinals into works of art that address the needs of public bathrooms. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 10 Jan. 2024 In the summer of 2020, days before the new $2 billion stadium opened its doors to the public, building technicians flushed its nearly 1,430 toilets and urinals. Simultaneously. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 The top tier of patronage during pre-opening fund-raising was a $25,000 package of perks that included having your name on a plaque over one of the museum’s urinals or toilet stalls. Brett Martin, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 This shape is replicated in miniature throughout the building interiors, from the couches and the carpets to the splash guards in the urinals. Stephen Witt, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 Even the Port-A-Potties have sprigs of mint in the urinals. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2023 This image of Scott Hatteberg using the ancient urinal in the runway between the dugout and the clubhouse at Fenway didn't win the author many fans with the old Sox regime. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2023 Photo: Rachel Kuzma/Sotheby’s International Realty There was no kitchen when von Hartz saw the place: This was where a row of urinals was. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 28 June 2023 Prescott: turf to low water use landscape, automatic irrigation controller, high-efficiency toilet and washing machine, commercial urinals, hot water recirculation, rainwater cistern, rain garden. The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of urinal was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Urinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urinal. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


uri·​nal ˈyu̇r-ən-ᵊl How to pronounce urinal (audio)
: a container for receiving urine
also : a place for urinating

Medical Definition


uri·​nal ˈyu̇r-ən-ᵊl How to pronounce urinal (audio)
: a vessel into which a bedridden person urinates
: a container worn by a person with urinary incontinence

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