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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The telescopic urinal involved in Friday's deadly incident is located near the Palace Theatre, the BBC reported. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2023 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 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

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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