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 (lə-vā′bō, -vä′-)
n. pl. la·va·boes
1. often Lavabo The ceremonial washing of the hands and recitation from the Psalms by the celebrant before the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
2. A washbowl that is attached to a wall and filled from a water tank fastened above.

[From Latin lavābō, I shall wash (opening word of the recited portion of Psalm 26), first person future tense of lavāre, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -boes or -bos
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands after the offertory at Mass
b. (as modifier): lavabo basin; lavabo towel.
2. (Furniture) another name for washbasin
3. (Roman Catholic Church) a trough for washing in a convent or monastery
[C19: from Latin: I shall wash, the opening of Psalm 26:6]


(ləˈveɪ boʊ, -ˈvɑ-)

n., pl. -boes.
a. the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands after the offertory in the mass.
b. the passage recited at this time.
c. the small towel or basin used.
2. a stone basin or trough used for washing.
3. a washbowl with a spigot-equipped water tank above, both mounted on a wall: now often used for decoration.
[1855–60; < Latin lavābō: I shall wash]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lavabo - a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)lavabo - a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)
basin - a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids; "she mixed the dough in a large basin"
bathroom, bath - a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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Cyril of Jerusalem in the fourth century introduced the lavabo, where the priest washes his hands before consecrating the bread and wine.
It's the lavabo, the washing of the priest's hands at the preparation of the gifts, and Tony, one of our ushers, has fired up his usual post-collection cigarette out by the back door.
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la baignoire the bathtub le shampooing the shampoo la douche the shower le lavabo the sink le savon the soap la brosse a dents the toothbrush la pate dentifrice the toothpaste le gant de toilette the washcloth l'eau water
A droite de celui-ci, on trouve la salle de bain, avec baignoire, toilettes et lavabo.