Definition of latrine in US English:

latrine

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following weeks of firefights, mortars punished the site from above, nearly destroying the camp's latrine.’
    • ‘He has been known to place safety briefings in the latrine; there is nowhere that his safety arm does not reach.’
    • ‘Public latrines were in the same vicinity as the hospital.’
    • ‘In large villages, each home or group of homes has a latrine (pit-style toilet).’
    • ‘Deciding that cleaning toilets in the latrine and tables in the mess wasn't for him, Mauldin transferred to the infantry.’
    • ‘They dig latrines, cobble together privies and chicken coops, and struggle to build cabins from piles of pine logs.’
    • ‘The latrines are appropriately dreary and spartan, their fluorescent lighting bathed in a familiar hazy glow.’
    • ‘He had dozed off in the latrine and slept through the raid.’
    • ‘Runoff from latrines into camp water was probably the main source of infection.’
    • ‘With no water-borne sewerage, the settlements use chemical toilets, ventilated pit latrines or the bucket system.’
    • ‘Of late, the latrine had become a public toilet for the staff (both men and women) of the crime branch.’
    • ‘However, the new colony provided them with ‘tiled roof houses’, latrines and sanitation facilities.’
    • ‘He was walking in light footwear across his base camp on his way to the latrine.’
    • ‘Most homes have one room, the latrines are makeshift, and families are lucky to survive on US $20 a month.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the 15th century the quay was outfitted with a crane and a public latrine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, one to five communal latrines are placed along the site perimeter.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ləˈtrēn//ləˈtrin/