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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There is also an additional sink in the water closet and backyard access and dual walk-in closets. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A stunning remodel in a gorgeous Hidden Oaks setting," 19 Aug. 2019 The home’s master bath has separate vanities, cabinetry and storage in two water closets. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Waterfront home available in Spring/Klein on cul-de-sac," 17 Aug. 2019 The master bathroom is adorned with marble floors, a soaking tub, a spacious seamless shower, double vanities, a separate water closet and a built-in television. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 38 Brian Lane, Avon," 5 July 2019 As of ten years ago, apartments in various atrophied East Berlin neighborhoods had smog-emitting wood-burning stoves and shared water closets in the hallways. Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker, "The Causes and Consequences of Berlin’s Rapid Gentrification," 12 July 2019 Two of the bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with a European-style shower, double sinks, granite counters, pocket doors and a separate water closet which includes the shower. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 38 Brian Lane, Avon," 5 July 2019 The ownerʼs suite includes a walk-in closet, bathroom with soaking tub, separate stall shower, two separate vanities and water closet. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Feel the bay breeze from this gorgeous Marina Cove home in Alameda," 18 June 2019 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

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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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