toilet


toilet

noun

  1. a bathroom fixture consisting of a bowl, usually with a detachable, hinged seat and lid, and a device for flushing with water, used for defecation and urination.
  2. a lavatory.
  3. a bathroom.
  4. toilet bowl.
  5. a dressing room, especially one containing a bath.
  6. the act or process of dressing or grooming oneself, including bathing and arranging the hair: to make one’s toilet; busy at her toilet.
  7. toilet set.
  8. the dress or costume of a person; any particular costume: toilet of white silk.
  9. Surgery. the cleansing of a part after childbirth or a wound after an operation.
  10. Archaic. dressing table.
Idioms
  1. go down/in the toilet, to become worthless or profitless; be doomed: The team’s entire season went down the toilet.

noun

  1. another word for lavatory
  2. old-fashioned the act of dressing and preparing oneselfto make one’s toilet
  3. old-fashioned a dressing table or the articles used when making one’s toilet
  4. rare costume
  5. the cleansing of a wound, etc, after an operation or childbirth
n.

1530s, “cover or bag for clothes,” from Middle French toilette “a cloth, bag for clothes,” diminutive of toile “cloth, net” (see toil (n.2)). Sense evolution is to “act or process of dressing” (1680s); then “a dressing room” (1819), especially one with a lavatory attached; then “lavatory or porcelain plumbing fixture” (1895), an American euphemistic use. Toilet paper is attested from 1884 (the Middle English equivalent was arse-wisp). Toilet training is recorded from 1940.

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