Definition of lavabo in English:

lavabo

noun

  • 1mass noun (in the Roman Catholic Church) the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands at the offertory of the Mass.

    1. 1.1 A towel or basin used during the performance of the lavabo.
      basin, washbasin, handbasin, wash-hand basin
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  • 2A trough for washing in a monastery.

    1. 2.1dated A washbasin or toilet.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin, literally ‘I will wash’, in Lavabo inter innocentes manus meas ‘I will wash my hands in innocence’ (Ps. 26:6), which was recited at the washing of hands in the Roman rite.

Pronunciation

lavabo

/ləˈvɑːbəʊ//ləˈveɪbəʊ/