lava tory


[lav-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural lavatories.
a room fitted with equipment for washing the hands and face and usually with flush toilet facilities.
a flush toilet; water closet.
a bowl or basin with running water for washing or bathing purposes; washbowl.
any place where washing is done.

1325–75; Middle English lavatorie < Late Latin lavātōrium washing-place, equivalent to Latin lavā(re) to wash + -tōrium -tory2 Unabridged
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lavatory (ˈlævətərɪ, -trɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  toilet, water closet, Also called: WC
 a.  a sanitary installation for receiving and disposing of urine and faeces, consisting of a bowl fitted with a water-flushing device and connected to a drain
 b.  a room containing such an installation
2.  the washing place in a convent or monastic establishment
[C14: from Late Latin lavātōrium, from Latin lavāre to wash]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "washbasin," from L. lavatorium "place for washing," noun use of neut. of adj. lavatorius "pertaining to washing," from lavatus, pp. of lavare "to wash" (see lave). Sense of "washroom" is first attested 1650s; as a euphemism for "toilet, W.C.," it is attested from 1924.
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