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lav·a·to·ry

 (lăv′ə-tôr′ē)
n. pl. lav·a·to·ries
1. A room equipped with washing and often toilet facilities; a bathroom.
2. A washbowl or basin, especially one permanently installed with running water.
3. A flush toilet.

[Middle English, piscina, from Late Latin lavātōrium, from lavātor, launderer, from Latin lavāre, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.]

lavatory

(ˈlævətərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Building)
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. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the washing place in a convent or monastic establishment
[C14: from Late Latin lavātōrium, from Latin lavāre to wash]

lav•a•to•ry

(ˈlæv əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries.
1. a room fitted with equipment for washing the hands and face and usu. with flush toilet facilities.
2. a flush toilet; water closet.
3. a bowl or basin with running water for washing or bathing purposes; washbowl.
[1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin lavātōrium washing-place = Latin lavā(re) to wash + -tōrium -tory2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lavatory - a room or building equipped with one or more toiletslavatory - a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
head - (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
commode, crapper, potty, pot, throne, toilet, stool, can - a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
washroom - a lavatory (particularly a lavatory in a public place)
loo, W.C., water closet, closet - a toilet in Britain
2.lavatory - a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipelavatory - a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face; "he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"
sink - plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe
3.lavatory - a toilet that is cleaned of waste by the flow of water through itlavatory - a toilet that is cleaned of waste by the flow of water through it
pull chain - a chain (usually with a handle at the end) that is pulled in order to operate some mechanism (e.g. to flush a toilet)
commode, crapper, potty, pot, throne, toilet, stool, can - a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination

lavatory

noun toilet, bathroom, loo (Brit. informal), bog (slang), can (U.S. & Canad. slang), john (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), head(s) (Nautical slang), throne (informal), closet, privy, cloakroom (Brit.), urinal, latrine, washroom, powder room, ablutions (Military informal), crapper (taboo slang), water closet, khazi (slang), pissoir (French), Gents or Ladies, little boy's room or little girl's room (informal), (public) convenience, W.C., dunny (Austral. & old-fashioned N.Z. informal) a public lavatory
Translations
مٍرْحَاضٌمِرْحاض
toaleta
toilet
wc
toalet
salerni
トイレ
화장실
tualetes istaba
WC
stranišče
toalett
ห้องน้ำ
nhà vệ sinh

lavatory

[ˈlævətrɪ]
A. N (= room) (in house) → wáter m (Sp), baño m (LAm); (in public place) → aseos mpl, servicio(s) m(pl) (Sp), baño(s) m(pl) (LAm); (= appliance) → inodoro m, wáter m (Sp), taza f (LAm)
B. CPD lavatory bowl, lavatory pan Ntaza f de wáter
lavatory paper Npapel m higiénico
lavatory seat Nasiento m de retrete

lavatory

[ˈlævətəri] ntoilettes fpllavatory paper n (British)papier m hygiénique

lavatory

nToilette f

lavatory

:
lavatory attendant
nToilettenfrau f/-mann m
lavatory paper
lavatory seat
nToilettensitz m, → Klobrille f (inf)

lavatory

[ˈlævətrɪ] n (Brit) (room) → gabinetto, toilette f inv; (appliance) → water m inv, gabinetto

lavatory

(ˈlӕvətəri) plural ˈlavatories noun
(a room containing) a receptacle for waste matter from the body.

lavatory

مٍرْحَاضٌ toaleta toilet Toilette αποχωρητήριο baño, retrete wc cabinets toalet bagno トイレ 화장실 toilet toalett umywalnia instalações sanitárias, lavatório туалет toalett ห้องน้ำ tuvalet nhà vệ sinh 厕所

lavatory

n. [basin] lavatorio, lavabo, lavamanos; [restroom] inodoro, servicio, baño, excusado.
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