wash·​stand ˈwȯsh-ˌstand How to pronounce washstand (audio)
: a stand holding articles needed for washing one's face and hands
: a washbowl permanently set in place and attached to water and drainpipes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Floral wallpaper by Ellie Cashman is paired with a washstand and fittings by RH, Restoration Hardware, a mirror from Design Within Reach, and sconces by Jonathan Adler. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 3 May 2022 Adult bedroom: Bed, bedspread/decorative pillows, vanity and washstand with pitcher and basin. cleveland, 29 Feb. 2020 Two years ago, as a stopgap measure, Oakland set up toilets, washstands and garbage cans at two of the city’s biggest homeless camps. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, 22 Sep. 2019 In the powder room, a soapstone sink from Portland Architectural Salvage sits atop a rustic Douglas fir washstand designed by Karu. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2019 Whoever takes the left washstand gets the left closet. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, 3 Oct. 2012 Photo: kyodo/Reuters Detainees such as Mr. Ghosn stay in a room measuring about 80 square feet, equipped with a washstand, a small bookshelf, a toilet and a small table. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2018 The powder room’s washstand and fittings are by RH, Restoration Hardware, the mirror is from Design Within Reach, and the sconces are by Jonathan Adler. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, 26 Oct. 2018 Faucet, Easton; washstand—Waterworks; waterworks.com. House Beautiful, 6 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of washstand was in 1789

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“Washstand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washstand. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


wash·​stand -ˌ(s)tand How to pronounce washstand (audio)
: a stand holding articles for washing one's face and hands

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