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Topic: HOUSEHOLD

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: toilette 'cloth put around the shoulders while arranging the hair or shaving, toilette, toilet', from toile 'net, cloth', from Latin tela 'something woven'

toilet

noun
     
toilet
toi‧let S2
1 [countable]DH a large bowl that you sit on to get rid of waste liquid or waste matter from your body:
He flushed the toilet (=made water go through the toilet to clean it).
2 [countable] British EnglishTBB a room or building containing a toilet [= bathroom, restroom American English]
public toilets
3

go to the toilet

especially British English to pass waste liquid or waste matter from your body:
Mummy, I need to go to the toilet!
4 [uncountable] old-fashioned the act of washing and dressing yourself
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