Definition of toilette in US English:



  • The process of washing oneself, dressing, and attending to one's appearance.

    ‘Emily got up to begin her morning toilette’
    • ‘I performed a perfunctory toilette and went in search of him.’
    • ‘She still approaches her daily toilette with all the excitement of a seven-year-old let loose in her mum's make-up bag.’
    • ‘He drew Saskia in her bath, at her toilette, looking after her son Titus, getting out of bed, preparing food.’
    • ‘I should have been inspired by his example to go shave carefully and perform a thorough toilette; instead I dashed under the shower and left the stubble for tomorrow.’
    • ‘Caroline finished her toilette by herself, wearing a simple morning frock of blue.’
    washing, bathing, showering
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Late 17th century: French (see toilet).