Definition of latrine in English:

latrine

noun

  • A toilet, especially a communal one in a camp or barracks.

    • ‘The latrines are appropriately dreary and spartan, their fluorescent lighting bathed in a familiar hazy glow.’
    • ‘Following weeks of firefights, mortars punished the site from above, nearly destroying the camp's latrine.’
    • ‘One soldier, rather close to the bottom of the ladder, was quite satisfied to simply keep the latrines clean and the barracks stoves going in cold weather.’
    • ‘However, the new colony provided them with ‘tiled roof houses’, latrines and sanitation facilities.’
    • ‘He has been known to place safety briefings in the latrine; there is nowhere that his safety arm does not reach.’
    • ‘They dig latrines, cobble together privies and chicken coops, and struggle to build cabins from piles of pine logs.’
    • ‘With no water-borne sewerage, the settlements use chemical toilets, ventilated pit latrines or the bucket system.’
    • ‘Deciding that cleaning toilets in the latrine and tables in the mess wasn't for him, Mauldin transferred to the infantry.’
    • ‘Of late, the latrine had become a public toilet for the staff (both men and women) of the crime branch.’
    • ‘Most homes have one room, the latrines are makeshift, and families are lucky to survive on US $20 a month.’
    • ‘Public latrines were in the same vicinity as the hospital.’
    • ‘By the 15th century the quay was outfitted with a crane and a public latrine.’
    • ‘In large villages, each home or group of homes has a latrine (pit-style toilet).’
    • ‘With two latrines for a community of 22,000 people, the only option for most doesn't include any sort of room, let alone sanitation.’
    • ‘Treatment should be carried out by medical personnel at a treatment centre where proper sanitation methods such as washing facilities and a proper latrine are available.’
    • ‘He was walking in light footwear across his base camp on his way to the latrine.’
    • ‘Runoff from latrines into camp water was probably the main source of infection.’
    • ‘This is a picture of part of a public latrine - the kind which the Municipal Corporation puts up near slums which don't have water or sewage connections.’
    • ‘He had dozed off in the latrine and slept through the raid.’
    • ‘In addition, one to five communal latrines are placed along the site perimeter.’
    lavatory, wc, water closet, convenience, public convenience, facilities, urinal, privy, outhouse, earth closet, jakes
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Origin

Middle English (rare before the mid 19th century): via French from Latin latrina, contraction of lavatrina, from lavare ‘to wash’.

Pronunciation

latrine

/ləˈtriːn/