water closet

plural water closets

Definition of water closet

1 : a compartment or room with a toilet Confronted with the cramped confines of a bathroom in a typical starter home—one of those spaces aptly described by the term water closet—homeowners may well entertain grand plans for expansion.— Peter O. Whiteley A private water closet opened off the sleeping area.— Shirley Slater abbreviation WC
2 : a toilet bowl and its accessories I could see part of the tub and part of the water closet in the bathroom. The tub had claw and ball feet, and the water closet had a pull chain from the storage tank mounted up by the ceiling.— Robert B. Parker abbreviation WC

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Examples of water closet in a Sentence

the first house in town to have an indoor water closet
Recent Examples on the Web The old half bath was reconfigured for a full bath large enough for a full shower, double sink vanity, and private water closet. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 16 Apr. 2022 The en-suite bathroom will include a walk-in shower, a freestanding tub, and a water closet tucked away in the far side of the space. Maya Homan, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2022 The arched doorway connects the suite; for privacy, Dabito added a water closet with a pocket door (not shown). Maria V. Charbonneaux And Liz Strong, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Sep. 2021 The en-suite bath features a dual vanity with white cabinetry and a quartz counter, as well as a water closet and a shower that has a frameless glass door and a gray ceramic tile surround with a glass tile inlay. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Mar. 2021 The turret apartment has a separate ground floor water closet, another bathroom and three floors that can be used for bedrooms, office or studio space or even a home gym. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 The bedrooms, which cost $1,530 round trip, feature a shower, contained in a separate water closet, both of which the roomette lacks. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 The master wing has electronic shades with a master bath that features dual vanities, a marble Jacuzzi tub, a shower with dual programmable shower heads and a water closet with a bidet. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2020 The primary bath comes with natural light, as well as a Victoria & Albert tub, a steam shower, two private water closet areas, and separate closets with built-ins. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, 29 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of water closet

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Apr 2022

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“Water closet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20closet. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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