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nounplural noun lavatories

  • 1A room or compartment with a toilet and washbasin; a bathroom.

    ‘he locked himself in the downstairs lavatory’
    • ‘public lavatories’
    • ‘The dormitories, bathrooms and lavatories, dining room and kitchen, and the laundry were found to be used as residential accommodation for the pupils.’
    • ‘Sources are telling me he really did stuff them as you say in compartments in the rear lavatory of the two planes.’
    • ‘Imagine, if you can, sharing a small room and lavatory with someone with disgusting personal habits.’
    • ‘A pitch-pine staircase leads to a basement, with an office, store room and lavatory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first floor has a little auditorium, offices with a meeting room and lavatories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, there is a conservatory on the side of the building facing the lake, a sun porch, three lavatories and two shower rooms.’
    • ‘Accommodation comprises two reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, three bedrooms, a bathroom, guest lavatory and a partially floored attic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘A soft blue couch faced a television, while a bed, lavatory, and refrigerator lay in the small adjoining room.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, company officials introduced a host of welfare capitalism benefits from sports teams to lavatories to locker/changing rooms.’
    • ‘Also, a private compartment was fitted in the forward fuselage and two separate lavatories were also installed in the rear fuselage.’
    • ‘Outside lavatories were common and people wanted indoor ones.’
    • ‘A utility room, study and guest lavatory are at this level.’
    • ‘The kind they dispense from a machine in the gents' lavatory.’
    toilet, bathroom, facilities, urinal, privy, latrine, outhouse
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    1. 1.1British A flush toilet.
      ‘she flushed the lavatory’
      • ‘I needed to go to the lavatory’
    2. 1.2North American A sink or washbasin in a bathroom.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘I swallowed my tears and washed my face in the small sink in the adjacent lavatory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A lavatory sink is a bathroom sink that sits within a cabinet fixture.’
      • ‘All toilets and lavatories are adjustable in height.’



/ˈlavəˌtôrē/ /ˈlævəˌtɔri/


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.