toilette


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toi·lette

 (twä-lĕt′)
n.
1. The act or process of dressing or grooming oneself; toilet.
2. A person's dress or style of dress.
3. A gown or costume.

[French; see toilet.]

toilette

(twɑːˈlɛt; French twalɛt)
n
usually literary another word for toilet2
[C16: from French; see toilet]

toi•let

(ˈtɔɪ lɪt)

n.
1. a bathroom fixture consisting of a bowl, usu. with a hinged seat and lid, and a device for flushing with water, used for defecation and urination.
2. a bathroom or washroom; lavatory.
3. a dressing room, esp. one containing a bath.
4. the act or process of dressing or grooming oneself.
5. the dress or costume of a person.
6. Archaic. a dressing table.
Also, toilette (for defs. 6,8).
[1530–40; < French toilette small cloth, doily, dressing table =toile toil2 + -ette -et]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toilette - the act of dressing and preparing yourself; "he made his morning toilet and went to breakfast"
grooming, dressing - the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes
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When I reached the Wheel of Pleasure, I found Rosalind awaiting me in the coffee- room, looking fresh from a traveller's toilette, and with the welcome news that dinner was on the way.
The toilette table was a simple table standing on four legs; there was nothing about it by which it could possibly be changed into a temporary hiding-place.
I pay this particular compliment to Queequeg, because he treated me with so much civility and consideration, while I was guilty of great rudeness; staring at him from the bed, and watching all his toilette motions; for the time my curiosity getting the better of my breeding.
She stood before him for a moment in silence, as though not unwilling that he should appreciate the soft splendour of her toilette.
Having embraced her Anchor with great affection, Fanny took a bottle of sweet toilette water from the table, and called to her maid for a fine handkerchief.
They halted for a short time to make their toilette, an operation as important with an Indian warrior as with a fashionable beauty.
The handkerchief ought not to cost more than the rest of the toilette.
On entering the small anteroom which was called a dressing-room, but which Arthur really used only to lounge and write in, he just cast his eyes on the writing-table, and saw that there were several letters and packets lying there; but he was in the uncomfortable dusty condition of a man who has had a long hurried journey, and he must really refresh himself by attending to his toilette a little, before he read his letters.
Nor were they idle the while, for each one performed the simple offices of the toilette for the other.
The whole city, not to be behind in this luxury of cleanliness, assumed its best toilette with the help of brushes, brooms, and water.
I'm sure you look more charming in them than any one we shall see in the most elaborate dinner toilette.
Osgood's inclination to remain with her niece gave them also a reason for staying to see the rustic beauty's toilette.