ETYM Latin lavatorium: cf. lavatoire. Related to Lave to wash, and cf. Laver.
1. A washroom; a sink used for the washing of hands.
2. A room equipped with a sink, such as a bathroom.
Wash-basin for washing bodies of newly dead; room where lavabo kept.
Another name for a toilet.
ETYM French toilette, dim. of toile cloth. Related to Toil a net.
1. A plumbing fixture for defecation and urination; SYN. can, commode, crapper, pot, potty, stool, throne.
2. A room equipped with washing and toilet facilities; SYN. lavatory, lav, can, facility, john, privy, bathroom.
3. The act of dressing and preparing oneself.
Place where waste products from the body are excreted. Simple latrines, with sewers to carry away waste, have been found in the Indus Valley and ancient Babylon; the medieval garderobe is essentially the same, even though flushing lavatories had been known to Roman civilizations.