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 bedrooms, which cost $1,530 round trip, feature a shower, contained in a separate water closet, both of which the roomette lacks. Washington Post, "Aboard Amtrak’s Crescent, surprising comfort and welcome seclusion on a slow train to Mississippi," 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, "Lou Holtz is selling $4.5 million Orlando mansion with man cave, cigar room and trophy rotunda," 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, "New-construction home in Southside Place offers amenities," 29 Aug. 2020 The master bathroom features a large bathtub with a shower and water closet on either side. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Peek inside a minimalistic modern Dallas house designed by hometown architecture firm Bodron Fruit," 26 June 2020 The master suite has a two-way fireplace and his-and-her water closets. Ebony Day, azcentral, "14,396-square-foot Paradise Valley mansion with a man cave, guest house sells for $9.5M," 27 Apr. 2020 The place is standard tenement issue: 12 feet wide, bathtub in the kitchen, a water closet and no room for a proper stove or fridge. Penelope Green, New York Times, "What It’s Like Self-Isolating in a Studio Apartment," 20 Apr. 2020 There are two separate water closets (with toilets), two vanities and two closets in the master bathroom. Gonzalo Bueno., Dallas News, "Peek inside a Ritz-Carlton residence in Dallas with a private guest suite and luxury amenities," 10 Apr. 2020 Following Thomas Crapper’s improved model in 1891, water closets became popular, first among the wealthy, and then among the middle-class. Katherine A. Foss, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Epidemics of the Past Forced Americans to Promote Health—and Ended Up Improving Life in This Country," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of water closet

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Water closet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20closet. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of water closet

old-fashioned : a room containing a toilet

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