[wosh-stand, wawsh-]
a piece of furniture holding a basin, pitcher, etc., for use in washing one's hands and face.
a stationary fixture having faucets with running water, for the same purpose.

1820–30; wash + stand

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washstand (ˈwɒʃˌstænd)
a piece of furniture designed to hold a basin, etc, for washing the face and hands

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from the beginning of the 19th century until well into the 20th, an essential piece of bedroom furniture. The washstand consisted of a wooden structure of varying shape and complexity intended to accommodate a large basin, a pitcher, a toothbrush jar, and various other toilet accessories, frequently including one or more chamber pots housed in cupboards at the base of the structure. The top and the "splash back" that terminated the washstand were usually of marble or tiles set into a wooden frame; occasionally the basin was suspended from a circular hole cut into the table surface. A special kind of French marble known as "St. Anne's" was usually employed, as it resisted the action of the alkali in soap.

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Example sentences
He looked in the mirror over the washstand and was surprised by his own pallor.
The furniture that was painted was all the right colors: barn red for the
  cupboard and washstand, dark green for the bed.
Close by the table there is a washstand with two pails of water upon it.
Clad in a loose chemise and seated before a washstand and mirror, she performs
  the routine task of coiling her hair.
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