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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TOILET

In your husband's box, ammunition takes the place of toilet articles.

After that he went quietly about the usual business of his toilet.

But Alice, progressing with her toilet, appeared to be little concerned.

Speak not with unseemly levity of the mysteries of the toilet,' he cried.

With these words he turned to the glass again, and went on with his toilet.

That morning—it was a Wednesday—he was particularly careful about his toilet.

After the jewels, it was gowns, articles of dress, toilet articles.

He began to make his toilet, first licking his right-hand whiskers and then his left.

He completed his toilet by buckling on his belt and revolver.

Nobody here ever thinks of making a toilet to appear at the breakfast-table.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "cover or bag for clothes," from Middle French toilette "a cloth, bag for clothes," diminutive of toile "cloth, net" (see toil (n.2)). Sense evolution is to "act or process of dressing" (1680s); then "a dressing room" (1819), especially one with a lavatory attached; then "lavatory or porcelain plumbing fixture" (1895), an American euphemistic use. Toilet paper is attested from 1884 (the Middle English equivalent was arse-wisp). Toilet training is recorded from 1940.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TOILET

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nounroom for bathing
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.