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[luh-treen] /ləˈtrin/
a toilet or something used as a toilet, as a trench in the earth in a camp, or bivouac area.
Origin of latrine
1635-45; < French < Latin lātrīna, short for lavātrīna place for washing, derivative of lavāre to wash Unabridged
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Examples from the web for latrine
  • But after five years, the town had provided no electricity and had turned down their application for a communal latrine.
  • It is a typical matchbox house: four small rooms inside, pit latrine and cold-water tap outside.
  • Each campsite includes a low-impact latrine with a composting toilet.
  • Closed for half of last summer, the beach is a latrine for sea gulls, research studies say.
  • She was surprised at how much daylight remained as she walked to the latrine below the dunes.
  • Otters also communicate through scent at latrine sites.
  • The position of the latrine would have placed it partially inside the tent.
  • The latrine is located almost directly behind each cabin.
British Dictionary definitions for latrine


a lavatory, as in a barracks, camp, etc
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin lātrīna, shortened form of lavātrīna bath, from lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for latrine

c.1300, probably from Latin latrina, contraction of lavatrina "washbasin, washroom," from lavatus, past participle of lavare "to wash" (see lave) + -trina, suffix denoting "workplace." Its reappearance in 1640s is probably a re-borrowing from French; especially of a privy of a camp, barracks, college, hospital, etc. Latrine rumor "baseless gossip" (of the kind that spreads in conversations in latrines) is military slang, first recorded 1918.

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