One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A piece of furniture containing a concealed chamber pot.
- ‘Surely he'd seen the commode in the corner of the dining room, because that thing was not completely hidden by the screen they had rigged up, no matter what Dottie said.’
- ‘The chairs become commodes, vessels for waste.’
- ‘At some point, the chair was converted to a commode.’
- ‘The centre loans wheelchairs, commodes and other essential equipment to disabled and elderly people.’
- ‘Down the years, there have been as many shapes and designs of chamber pots and commodes as there have been names.’
- ‘Always wash your hands after using the toilet or commode (many hospitals now routinely offer a hand-wipe).’
- ‘There's a commode beside my bed, and that's as far from my bed as I get in an average day.’
- ‘A woman with impaired mobility could try changing the room arrangement to make it easier to get to the bathroom, add better lighting and grab bars to make the bathroom safer, or consider a bedside commode or female urinal.’
- ‘‘The demand for items such as wheel chairs, walkers, commodes, crutches etc. continues,’ she reported.’
- ‘You should make sure that getting to the toilet in a hurry is easy and perhaps consider having a commode in your bedroom.’
- ‘The rooms were well-furnished and had English commodes, bath-tubs and running water.’
- ‘Exertion on the part of the patient can be limited by providing a bedside commode, using a wheelchair for transport and avoiding exposure to hot, humid weather or extreme temperatures.’
- ‘These include home care products such as walking frames, commodes, wheel chairs and braces for physical injuries.’
- ‘She would be very upset because when she was bed-ridden I had to fight with social services for a commode.’
- ‘Since it is undesirable for the patient with fever to walk even as far as the toilet, a bed-pan or commode should be used.’
- 1.1North American A toilet.
- ‘I immediately sensed the room, and found it tiny, cramped, a bed and commode the only furnishings.’
- ‘‘They've got the big fluffy towels,’ I whispered, looking at the array of them near the commode.’
- ‘We live on the 16th floor of the tallest apartment block in Gabrovo where throughout the day, the aroma of 15 floors of collective gases from unflushed commodes waft upwards and emanate from our drains.’
- ‘They heard the commode flush and the bathroom door open.’
- ‘With the commode finally secured and sealed, we proceeded to a higher level of suffering: reattaching the water fittings.’
- ‘The cleanest commodes tend to be those on construction sites and movie sets, because the people using them know they've got to use them again tomorrow.’
- ‘A paneled half-wall divides the commode from the shower; a recessed cabinet provides storage for towels and soaps.’
- ‘Suddenly I feel a not-so-urgent need to use the restroom; I wonder if Christina is on the commode.’
- ‘The wall-mounted commodes and lavatories provide comparable maintenance benefits.’
- ‘The cell has a bunk, a commode, a small sink, a light for reading, and a little window.’
- 1.2North American historical A movable washstand.
- ‘Someone should stay with your child while in the bathroom, or when up to the commode.’
- ‘Later, my father got a toilet put in, a commode, but no bathtub.’
2A chest of drawers or chiffonier of a decorative type popular in the 18th century.
- ‘Certainly, there was no lack of cosy confusion in the library, where books were casually piled on tables, commodes, and footstools and were hardly more orderly on the shelves.’
- ‘Its stylish catalogues are full of mahogany commodes, solid sideboards and muscular chests.’
- ‘To put a finer point on this subject, a commode of the 1860-80 period is larger and of far better quality.’
- ‘Its shape recalls French commodes of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the metal frame is treated almost like turned wood, with its fluted spindle-shaped legs.’
- ‘This copy of a Louis XVI commode was made by one of Europe's finest cabinetmakers, Francois Linke.’
- ‘Neoclassical commodes, desks, and some chairs had fluted tapered legs reminiscent of upside-down obelisks.’
- ‘The rest of the furniture included a commode, two small pairs of open china cabinets, eight fretwork armchairs, four side chairs, and a pier glass.’
- ‘The inside of the same commode shows that the interior is highly polished which would not appear on an original 18th century original.’
- ‘Master cabinetmakers fashioned a low chest of drawers, which differed from the bureau commode, or large table with drawers, that was crafted in the baroque period.’
- ‘Unlike a table or commode, however, it is rather difficult to place in a house: you either have the right wall or you don't.’
Mid 18th century (in commode (sense 2)): from French, literally ‘convenient, suitable’, from Latin commodus. commode (sense 1) dates from the early 19th century.
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