water closet


plural water closets
: 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
: 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

Examples of water closet in a Sentence

the first house in town to have an indoor water closet
Recent Examples on the Web The other bedroom, off the foyer, has an en suite bathroom with a separate shower room and water closet. Angela Serratore, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2024 The Ohio congressman, who had been expected to meet with holdouts opposing his candidacy, was missing for hours before aides noticed a desperate bellowing sound from inside his office’s water closet. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 There are two water closets, a steam shower, soaking tub, wardrobe room and laundry. Jeastman, oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2023 Two additional bedrooms share a hall bathroom with double sinks and a separate water closet. Karen A. Avitabile, Hartford Courant, 26 Feb. 2023 The condo’s primary bedroom suite has a walk-through closet, a walk-in closet and a primary bathroom with dual sinks, a walk-in glass shower with dual showerheads, a bench and a large water closet. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2023 Urinals can count toward that water closet tally. Steven Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Feb. 2023 The primary bathroom has two sinks, a separate bathtub and shower and a water closet, according to the floorplan. Dallas News, 12 Mar. 2022 The model unit’s en suite bathroom includes two single vanities and a water closet for the toilet. Benjamin C Tankersley, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of water closet was in 1736

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“Water closet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20closet. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

water closet

: a compartment or room with a toilet bowl
: a toilet bowl with its fixtures

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