What does toilet mean?

Definitions for toilet
ˈtɔɪ lɪttoi·let

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word toilet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. toilet, lavatory, lav, can, john, privy, bathroomnoun

    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets

  2. toilet, can, commode, crapper, pot, potty, stool, thronenoun

    a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination

  3. gutter, sewer, toiletnoun

    misfortune resulting in lost effort or money

    "his career was in the gutter"; "all that work went down the sewer"; "pensions are in the toilet"

  4. toilet, toilettenoun

    the act of dressing and preparing yourself

    "he made his morning toilet and went to breakfast"


  1. toiletnoun

    Personal grooming; washing, dressing etc.

  2. toiletnoun

    One's style of dressing; dress, outfit.

  3. toiletnoun

    A dressing room.

  4. toiletnoun

    Now specifically, a room or enclosed cubicle containing a lavatory, e.g., a bathroom or water closet (w.c.).

  5. toiletnoun

    A lavatory or device for depositing human waste and then flushing it away with water.

    EPA is currently developing the specification for high-efficiency toilets. All HETs that meet WaterSense criteria for efficiency and performance will be eligible to receive a label once EPA finalizes the specification. US Environmental Protection Agency.

  6. toiletnoun

    Other similar devices, such as squat toilets, as in Japan or the Middle East.

  7. toiletnoun

    A shabby or dirty place, especially a lounge/bar/pub/tavern.

  8. toiletnoun

    A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or dressing room.

  9. toiletverb

    To dress and groom oneself

  10. toiletverb

    To use the toilet, or assist (a child etc) in using the toilet

  11. Etymology: From toilette diminutive of toile; a cloth used to protect garments when making up the hair or shaving.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Toiletnoun

    A dressing table.

    Etymology: toilette, Fr.

    The merchant from the exchange returns in peace,
    And the long labours of the toilet cease. Alexander Pope.


  1. Toilet

    A toilet is a piece of sanitary hardware that collects human urine and feces, and sometimes toilet paper, usually for disposal. Flush toilets use water, while dry or non-flush toilets do not. They can be designed for a sitting position popular in Europe and North America with a toilet seat, with additional considerations for those with disabilities, or for a squatting posture more popular in Asia (see squat toilet). In urban areas, flush toilets are usually connected to a sewer system; in isolated areas, to a septic tank. The waste is known as blackwater and the combined effluent, including other sources, is sewage. Dry toilets are connected to a pit, removable container, composting chamber, or other storage and treatment device, including urine diversion with a urine-diverting toilet. The technology used for modern toilets varies. Toilets are commonly made of ceramic (porcelain), concrete, plastic, or wood. Newer toilet technologies include dual flushing, low flushing, toilet seat warming, self-cleaning, female urinals and waterless urinals. Japan is known for its toilet technology. Airplane toilets are specially designed to operate in the air. The need to maintain anal hygiene post-defecation is universally recognized and toilet paper (often held by a toilet roll holder), which may also be used to wipe the vulva after urination, is widely used (as well as bidets). In private homes, depending on the region and style, the toilet may exist in the same bathroom as the sink, bathtub, and shower. Another option is to have one room for body washing (also called "bathroom") and a separate one for the toilet and handwashing sink (toilet room). Public toilets (restrooms) consist of one or more toilets (and commonly single urinals or trough urinals) which are available for use by the general public. Products like urinal blocks and toilet blocks help maintain the smell and cleanliness of toilets. Toilet seat covers are sometimes used. Portable toilets (frequently chemical "porta johns") may be brought in for large and temporary gatherings. Historically, sanitation has been a concern from the earliest stages of human settlements. However, many poor households in developing countries use very basic, and often unhygienic, toilets – and nearly one billion people have no access to a toilet at all; they must openly defecate and urinate. These issues can lead to the spread of diseases transmitted via the fecal-oral route, or the transmission of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery. Therefore, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 wants to "achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation".


  1. toilet

    A toilet is a plumbing fixture or device designed for the disposal of human urine and feces. It generally consists of a bowl, which can be flushed with water to dispose of waste, and may also include a seat, and a tank or cistern that stores water for flushing. Toilets are typically found in a small room also referred to as a toilet, lavatory, or restroom. They are a critical component of any sanitation system and are essential for maintaining hygiene and preventing the spread of diseases.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Toiletnoun

    a covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or a dressing room

  2. Toiletnoun

    a dressing table

  3. Toiletnoun

    act or mode of dressing, or that which is arranged in dressing; attire; dress; as, her toilet is perfect


  1. Toilet

    A toilet is a sanitation fixture used primarily for the disposal of human excrement and urine, often found in a small room referred to as a toilet/bathroom/lavatory. Flush toilets, which are common in many parts of the world, may be connected to a nearby septic tank or more commonly in urban areas via "large" sewer pipe connected to a sewerage pipe system. The water and waste from many different sources is piped in large pipes to a more distant sewage treatment plant. Chemical toilets are used in mobile and many temporary situations where there is no access to sewerage, dry toilets, including pit toilets and composting toilet require no or little water with excreta being removed manually or composted in situ. The word toilet may also be used, especially in British English to describe the room containing the fixture, for which euphemisms such as restroom or bathroom are used in American English. Prior to the introduction of modern flush toilets, most human waste disposal was done through the use of household chamber pots, or took place outdoors in outhouses or latrines. Pail closets were introduced in England and France in an attempt to reduce sewage problems in rapidly expanding cities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Toilet

    Toilette, toil′et, n. a dressing-table with a mirror: also a cover for such a table: the whole articles used in dressing: mode or operation of dressing: the whole dress and appearance of a person, any particular costume.—ns. Toil′et-cloth, -cov′er, a cover for a dressing-table.—adj. Toil′eted, dressed.—ns. Toil′et-glass, a mirror set on the dressing-table; Toil′et-set, -serv′ice, the utensils collectively used in dressing; Toil′et-soap, a fine kind of soap made up in cakes; Toil′et-tā′ble, a dressing-table.—Make one's toilet, to dress. [Fr. toilette, dim. of toile, cloth; cf. Toil (1).]

Editors Contribution

  1. toilet

    A type of product and system.

    The toilets are all made from various materials.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'toilet' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1630

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'toilet' in Nouns Frequency: #1816

Anagrams for toilet »

  1. litote

  2. Lottie

  3. tolite

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of toilet in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of toilet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of toilet in a Sentence

  1. Manal Mohammed:

    If you do not wash your hands properly -- for at least 20 seconds -- especially after using the toilet, as it is full of germs, these can easily be transferred to your towel.

  2. Stamily Samata:

    I am very worried for my children's health since we don't have running water and a toilet.

  3. Laura Moore -RRB- Laura:

    If they spent a day in their park with me and my son, they would immediately know there was a problem, they can make all these amazing rides but they can't put a changing hoist in a toilet.It's disgraceful that the biggest theme park on the planet doesn't cater for everybody.

  4. President Nicolas Maduro:

    They offer us toilet paper, like (U.S. President) Donald Trump threw at the people of Puerto Rico.

  5. Charles Gerba:

    E coli grows quite well on towels. You'll get more E-coli in your face when you dry your face with a towel at home than if you stuck your head in a toilet and flushed.

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Translations for toilet

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  • ашьашьмаAbkhaz
  • toiletAfrikaans
  • ሽንት ቤትAmharic
  • حمام, تواليت, مرحاضArabic
  • хӏажатханаAvaric
  • ayaqyolu, tualetAzerbaijani
  • әбрәкәй, туалет, унитаз, бәҙрәфBashkir
  • туале́тBelarusian
  • тоале́тнаBulgarian
  • ɲɛgɛn, suturaBambara
  • টয়লেট, পায়খানা, শৌচাগারBengali
  • གསང་སྤྱོད, གཟིམ་སྤྱོདTibetan Standard
  • privezioùBreton
  • vàter, escusat, lavaboCatalan, Valencian
  • хьаштагIаChechen
  • záchod, toaleta, záchodová mísaCzech
  • нушникChuvash
  • lle chwech, tŷ bach, toiled, powlen tŷ bachWelsh
  • wc, badeværelse, toilette, toilet, påklædningsrum, garderobe, lokum, toiletkummeDanish
  • Scheißladen, Kloset, Klo, WC, ToiletteGerman
  • μπάνιο, τουαλέτα, λεκάνη, αποχωρητήριοGreek
  • tualeto, klozeto, necesejo, fekseĝoEsperanto
  • retrete, watercló, inodoro, chiquero, vestidor, excusado, baño, wáter, arreglo, sanitario, muladar, poceta, váter, taza del baño, aseoSpanish
  • klosett, tualett, WC-pott, pottEstonian
  • bainugela, komunBasque
  • دستشویی, توالت, اتاق آرایش, محل کثیف, آرایشPersian
  • käymälä, vessa, sikolätti, wc-istuin, WC, siistiytyminen, vessanpönttö, miestenhuone, kaunistautuminen, wc-pönttö, naistenhuone, pukeutumishuone, läävä, kylpyhuoneFinnish
  • vesiFaroese
  • toilette, toilettes, cabinets, wc, cabinet, w.-c.French
  • leithreas, ionlannIrish
  • taigh beagScottish Gaelic
  • baño, retrete, cuarto de baño, inodoro, váter, servizo, aseoGalician
  • jekakahaGuaraní
  • שֵׁרוּתִים, אסלהHebrew
  • टॉयलेट, शौचालयHindi
  • vécé, fürdőszoba, vécécsésze, mosdó, WCHungarian
  • զուգարանArmenian
  • water-closet, toilette, wc, water closetInterlingua
  • kloset, toilet, WC, kamar kecilIndonesian
  • latrino, tualeteyoIdo
  • snyrting, skítastaður, vatnssalerni, skítapleis, klósett, baðherbergi, salerniIcelandic
  • ritirata, toilette, toeletta, toletta, schifezza, tazza, vaso, cesso, water, gabinetto, water closet, WC, bagno, vaso sanitarioItalian
  • お手洗い, 便所, 厠, 化粧室, 便器, トイレJapanese
  • ტუალეტის ოთახი, ტუალეტი, უნიტაზი, სააბაზანო, საპირფარეშოGeorgian
  • әжетхана, дәретхана, унитазKazakh
  • បង្គន់Khmer
  • ಪ್ರಸಾಧನKannada
  • 화장실, 변소, 뒷간, 변기Korean
  • mîstinxane, destavxane, rîtinxane, ئاوده‌ست, avdestxane, WC, qedemgeh, daşir, edeb, avrêj, tiwaletKurdish
  • privedhyow, pisvaCornish
  • даараткана, туалет, ажатканаKyrgyz
  • latrinaLatin
  • Klo, ToiletteLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຫ້ອງນ້ຳLao
  • tualetasLithuanian
  • klozetpods, tualeteLatvian
  • fidiovana, toerana fidiovanaMalagasy
  • heketua, hamuti, wharepaku, turumaMāori
  • ну́жник, тоале́та, ба́ња, кло́зет, тоале́т, ве-це, капа́тило, шолјаMacedonian
  • കക്കൂസ്Malayalam
  • жо́рлон, жо́рлонг, жорлонгийн шаазан хөтөвч, бие засах өрөөMongolian
  • mangkuk tandas, bilik air, toilet, tandasMalay
  • tojlit, kamra tal-ħasil, trombaMaltese
  • အိမ်သာBurmese
  • wc-pot, kleedkamer, wc, badkamer, toilet, toiletpotDutch
  • bad, WC, toalett, omkledningsrom, vannklosett, dass, do, pyntingNorwegian
  • chąąʼ báʼásaaʼ, łeetsʼaałgaaí, chąąʼ báhooghanNavajo, Navaho
  • lavatinas, privatOccitan
  • miiziiwinaagan, waakaa'igans, miiziiwigamig, miiziiwigamigoonsOjibwe, Ojibwa
  • пысу́нæOssetian, Ossetic
  • ubikacja, toaleta, ustęp, klozet, sedesPolish
  • chiqueiro, asseamento, toalete, retrete, casa de banho, sentina, limpeza, lavabo, toilette, vaso sanitário, privada, banheiro, vestiário, asseioPortuguese
  • tualettaRomansh
  • vece, closet, toaletă, privatăRomanian
  • туале́т, убо́рная, унита́з, гардеро́бнаяRussian
  • privada, tzesso, bascia, gabbinete, gabbinetuSardinian
  • kupaonica, тоалет, нужник, купатило, klozetska šolja, šolja, шоља, клозетска шоља, купаоница, toalet, nužnik, kupatiloSerbo-Croatian
  • වැසිකිලිය, වැසිකිළියSinhala, Sinhalese
  • záchodSlovak
  • záchod, toaleta, straniščeSlovene
  • chimbuziShona
  • musqul, suuli, beytalmaySomali
  • tualetAlbanian
  • boithomêlôSouthern Sotho
  • dass, toalett, sc, toalettstolSwedish
  • choo, kibakuli cha chooSwahili
  • கழிப்பறை, உடுத்துதல், கக்கூசு, கழிவறைTamil
  • ముస్తాబు, కమోడ్, ముఖప్రక్షాళనము, పాయిఖానా, బట్టలు తొడుక్కోవడము, మరుగు దొడ్డి, స్నానాలగదిTelugu
  • ҳоҷатхонаTajik
  • โถส้วม, สุขา, ห้องน้ำThai
  • ዓይኒ ምድሪTigrinya
  • hajathana, tuwalet, tualetTurkmen
  • palikuran, inidoroTagalog
  • tuvaletTurkish
  • bädräf, äbräkäy, бәдрәф, әбрәкәйTatar
  • туале́т, уніта́з, вбира́льняUkrainian
  • hojatxonaUzbek
  • cầu tiêu, nhà vệ sinh, phòng vệ sinh, xí bệtVietnamese
  • tvaletVolapük
  • ilé ìyàgbẹ́Yoruba
  • 厕所Chinese

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