One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A room, building, or cubicle containing a toilet or toilets.‘he locked himself in the downstairs lavatory’‘public lavatories’
toilet, wc, water closet, convenience, public convenience, cloakroom, facilities, powder room, urinal, privy, latrine, outhouse, earth closet, jakesView synonyms
- ‘A utility room, study and guest lavatory are at this level.’
- ‘Outside lavatories were common and people wanted indoor ones.’
- ‘Sources are telling me he really did stuff them as you say in compartments in the rear lavatory of the two planes.’
- ‘The dormitories, bathrooms and lavatories, dining room and kitchen, and the laundry were found to be used as residential accommodation for the pupils.’
- ‘Imagine, if you can, sharing a small room and lavatory with someone with disgusting personal habits.’
- ‘Meanwhile, company officials introduced a host of welfare capitalism benefits from sports teams to lavatories to locker/changing rooms.’
- ‘The building also contains an oil room, lunch room for the men, lavatory and tool room.’
- ‘Clad in a range of materials, the boxes variously contain meeting rooms, offices, lavatories and a large multi-purpose space.’
- ‘I ran out of the room, down the hall, and into the girls lavatory, where I locked myself inside a stall and bawled until my eyes were just about swelled shut.’
- ‘The first stage was to get rid of the horrors - beer-stained carpets and a nasty 1960s extension at the back that had been a pool room and lavatories.’
- ‘The first floor has a little auditorium, offices with a meeting room and lavatories.’
- ‘The cargo master's office was insulated and soundproofed and contained a kitchenette at one end of the room, with a lavatory in a small room next door.’
- ‘Accommodation comprises two reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, three bedrooms, a bathroom, guest lavatory and a partially floored attic.’
- ‘The main requirement of the brief was for bed-sitting rooms, which are arranged in pairs with a shower and lavatory shared by each couple of rooms.’
- ‘The kind they dispense from a machine in the gents' lavatory.’
- ‘Although the exterior look of the castle is very ancient, the interior look in the castle was very luxurious especially the girls' bathroom cum lavatory.’
- ‘Also, a private compartment was fitted in the forward fuselage and two separate lavatories were also installed in the rear fuselage.’
- ‘Finally, there is a conservatory on the side of the building facing the lake, a sun porch, three lavatories and two shower rooms.’
- ‘A pitch-pine staircase leads to a basement, with an office, store room and lavatory.’
- ‘A soft blue couch faced a television, while a bed, lavatory, and refrigerator lay in the small adjoining room.’
- 1.1British A flush toilet.‘she flushed the lavatory’‘I needed to go to the lavatory’
- 1.2North American A sink or washbasin in a bathroom or toilet.
- ‘They can be fabricated with near-invisible seams, and some brands offer a range of sinks and lavatories which can be fabricated integrally with the tops.’
- ‘Max walked around the bed and went to the lavatory sink.’
- ‘I swallowed my tears and washed my face in the small sink in the adjacent lavatory.’
- ‘A lavatory sink is a bathroom sink that sits within a cabinet fixture.’
- ‘Do not put a plugged-in electrical appliance where it can fall or be pulled into water, as in the kitchen sink, bathroom lavatory or tub.’
- ‘All toilets and lavatories are adjustable in height.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin lavatorium ‘place for washing’, from Latin lavare ‘to wash’. The word originally denoted something in which to wash, such as a bath or piscina, later (mid 17th century) a room with washing facilities; the current sense dates from the 19th century.
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