a low cabinet or similar piece of furniture, often highly ornamental, containing drawers or shelves.
a stand or cupboard containing a chamber pot or washbasin.
toilet ( def 1 ).
a portable toilet, especially one on a chairlike frame with wheels, as for an invalid.
an elaborate headdress consisting chiefly of a high framework decorated with lace, ribbons, etc., worn perched on top of the hair by women in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

1680–90; < French < Latin commodus convenient, equivalent to com- com- + modus mode1 Unabridged
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commode (kəˈməʊd)
1.  a piece of furniture, usually highly ornamented, containing drawers or shelves
2.  a bedside table with a cabinet below for a chamber pot or washbasin
3.  a movable piece of furniture, sometimes in the form of a chair, with a hinged flap concealing a chamber pot
4.  a woman's high-tiered headdress of lace, worn in the late 17th century
[C17: from French, from Latin commoduscommodious]

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Word Origin & History

1786, "chest of drawers," earlier (1688) a fashionable ladies' headdress, from Fr., noun use of adj. commode "convenient, suitable," from L. commodus "suitable," from com- intens. prefix + modus "measure, manner." Meaning of "chair housing a chamber pot" first attested 1851 from notion of convenience.
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Example sentences
Help the patient to the toilet or provide a bedside commode instead of a bedpan.
Therefore, the leak was caused by the commode control valve remaining in the
  vacuum position.
Emptying the bedside commode would be a home management task.
Lack of necessary equipment such as walkers, canes, bedside commode.
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