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[bath-room, -roo m, bahth-] /ˈbæθˌrum, -ˌrʊm, ˈbɑθ-/
a room equipped for taking a bath or shower.
toilet (def 2).
go to / use the bathroom, to use the toilet; urinate or defecate.
Origin of bathroom
1690-1700; bath1 + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I should have to get that bathroom and piano in any case now.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • Dahlia has conveniently placed a sofa outside the bathroom door.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • "Oh, please hand me something to put on," came the voice from the bathroom.

    Hookers Richard F. Mann
  • What I had commended as new and national was a bathroom in every bedroom.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Together they walked to the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for bathroom


/ˈbɑːθˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a room containing a bath or shower and usually a washbasin and lavatory
(US & Canadian) another name for lavatory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bathroom

1780, from bath + room (n.). Originally a room with apparatus for bathing, used 20c. in U.S. as a euphemism for a lavatory and often noted as a word that confused British travelers. To go to the bathroom, euphemism for "relieve oneself; urinate, defecate," from 1920 (in a book for children), but typically used without regard for whether an actual bathroom is involved.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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