The definition of a receptacle is a container or space used for a specific purpose.(noun)
A can used to put trash in is an example of a trash receptacle.
See receptacle in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ModL receptaculumBot.
Origin: ME < L receptaculum < receptare, freq. of recipere: see receive
See receptacle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin receptāculum
Origin: , from receptāre, to receive again
Origin: , frequentative of recipere, to receive; see receive.
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