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toilet

[toi-lit] /ˈtɔɪ lɪt/
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.
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.
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
11.
go down / in the toilet, to become worthless or profitless; be doomed:
The team's entire season went down the toilet.
Also, toilette (for defs 6, 8).
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < French toilette small cloth, doily, dressing table, equivalent to toile toil2 + -ette -et
Can be confused
toilet, toilette.
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British Dictionary definitions for go in the toilet

toilet

/ˈtɔɪlɪt/
noun
1.
another word for lavatory
2.
(old-fashioned) the act of dressing and preparing oneself: to 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
Word Origin
C16: from French toilette dress, from toile
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Word Origin and History for go in the toilet

toilet

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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