- Toilet means something related to grooming or getting dressed.
An example of toilet are travel-sized soaps and shampoos; toilet items.
- The definition of a toilet is a seat with a hole or hole in the ground where a person urinates or has a bowel movement, or a room where this seat or hole in the ground is located.
An example of a toilet is a restroom.
- Obsolete a dressing table
- the process of dressing or grooming oneself, esp., of dressing one's hair
- toilette; dress; attire; costume
- a room, shelter, etc. in which to defecate or urinate; specif., a small room with a bowl-shaped porcelain fixture for this purpose
- such a fixture, usually with a hinged seat and seat cover, having a device for flushing with water or, sometimes, a chemical solution, which is held in an attached tank
- the cleaning and dressing of a wound, esp. in surgery
Origin of toiletMiddle French toilette, origin, originally , cloth covering used in shaving or hairdressing ; from Old French toile, cloth: see toil
- of or for dressing or grooming oneself: toilet articles
- ☆ for a toilet (): a toilet brush
- a. An apparatus for defecation and urination, usually consisting of a bowl fitted with a hinged seat and connected to a waste pipe and a flushing apparatus.b. A room or booth containing such an apparatus.
- The act or process of dressing or grooming oneself.
- Dress; attire; costume.
- The cleansing of a body area as part of a surgical or medical procedure.
- Archaic A dressing table.
Origin of toiletFrench toilette, piece of cloth for wrapping up a bundle of clothes, items used for personal grooming, toilette, dressing table, toilet (by euphemism), from Old French tellette, piece of cloth for wrapping up a bundle of clothes, diminutive of teile, cloth; see toil2.
- (archaic) Personal grooming; washing, dressing etc. [from 17th c.]
- (now rare) One's style of dressing; dress, outfit. [from 18th c.]
- (archaic) A dressing room. [from 19th c.]
- Now specifically, a room or enclosed cubicle containing a lavatory, e.g., a bathroom or water closet (w.c.).
- A lavatory or device for depositing human waste and then flushing it away with water. [from 20th c.]
- EPA is currently developing the specification for high-efficiency toilets. All HETs that meet WaterSense criteria for efficiency and performance will be eligible to receive a label once EPA finalizes the specification. — US Environmental Protection Agency.
- Other similar devices, such as squat toilets, as in Japan or the Middle East.
- (figuratively) A shabby or dirty place, especially a lounge/bar/pub/tavern. [from 20th c.]
Before the 20th century, toilet universally referred to personal grooming, bathing and washing combing or arranging one's hair, shaving, etc., a sense preserved today in toiletry 'personal grooming item'. Nowadays, it is mostly used to indicate a lavatory. "Toilet of the mouth", however, is still in use by oral surgeons.
(third-person singular simple present toilets, present participle toileting, simple past and past participle toileted)