Lavatory meaning

lăvə-tôrē
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A room equipped with washing and often toilet facilities; a bathroom.
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A washbowl or basin, especially one permanently installed with running water.
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A flush toilet.
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Lavatory is defined as a bathroom with a toilet and washbowl, or can also refer to just the toilet.

When you need to urinate and you go to a room where a toilet is located, the room you go to is an example of a lavatory.

The toilet that you use to urinate into is an example of a lavatory.

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(now rare) A bowl or basin, esp. one with faucets and drainage, for washing the face and hands; washbowl.
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A facility for washing hands; a basin.
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(UK, New England) A toilet, a water closet.
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(dated) Washing, or cleansing by washing.
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A bathroom; a washroom; a room containing a toilet.
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Origin of lavatory

  • Middle English piscina from Late Latin lavātōrium from lavātor launderer from Latin lavāre to wash leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin as if *lavatorius, from Late Latin lavator (“a clothes washer"), from lavō (“wash"); see lave.

    From Wiktionary