water closet


Definition of water closet

1 : a compartment or room with a toilet
2 : a toilet bowl and its accessories

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Synonyms for water closet


bath, bathroom, bog [British], can, cloakroom [British], comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, john, latrine, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], potty, restroom, toilet, washroom

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Examples of water closet in a Sentence

the first house in town to have an indoor water closet

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The master bathroom has his-and-her vanities, a soaking tub, a shower, and a separate water closet. Karen A. Avitabile, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 7 Clermont Park, Farmington," 21 Dec. 2017 One of the bedrooms boasts a courtyard of its own, while the master suite includes a walk-in closet, separate water closet, shower, and even an outdoor shower. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Contemporary home with cool triangular floorplan wants $750K," 21 May 2018 The master bath has a jetted tub, steam room and dual water closets. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Luxury homes: Restaurant/club owners buy $4.4M Paradise Valley mansion," 21 May 2018 The master bedroom leads directly to the pool area, and the master bathroom has a marble floor, sauna, bidet and water closet. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$800,000 Homes in Missouri, Georgia and Pennsylvania," 16 May 2018 At one end of the long hallway are two spacious bedrooms connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with granite counters, two sinks, a separate water closet with a door, and a glass-door shower. Karen A. Avitabile, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 118 Frazer Fir Road, South Windsor," 15 Feb. 2018 Located on the second floor, the master suite features a balcony, a sitting area, a fireplace and carpeting. The luxury master bath offers a steam shower, numerous closets, a large jetted tub and private dual water closets. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Prime property: Classic River Oaks estate is located in Tall Timbers," 5 Jan. 2018 By all accounts, Crapper was a successful sanitary engineer (plumber) whose greatest innovation was actually the invention of the bathroom fittings showroom, something that brought flush toilets out of the water closet and into the public eye. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Three True Things About Sanitary Engineer Thomas Crapper," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of water closet

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of water closet was in 1736

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English Language Learners Definition of water closet

old-fashioned : a room containing a toilet

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