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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Paris—a city known for its charming patisseries, legendary art museums, and now, open-air urinals. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parisians Aren't Happy About the City's New Open-Air Urinals," 14 Aug. 2018 And then there’s this wall of white porcelain urinals. Anne Hardy., Town & Country, "Annabel's, London's Most Famous Club, Is Auctioning Off Its Iconic Decor," 20 Nov. 2018 Three of these urinals have been around since March—on the Boulevard de Clichy (by the 9th and 18th arrondissements), Place Henri Frenay (12th arrondissement), and Tino Rossi (5th arrondissement). Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parisians Aren't Happy About the City's New Open-Air Urinals," 14 Aug. 2018 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

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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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