便所

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(literally place for convenience)

Noun[edit]

Kanji in this term
便
べん
Grade: 4
じょ
Grade: 3
on'yomi

便所 (hiragana べんじょ, romaji benjo)

  1. (dated) bathroom, restroom, lavatory

Usage notes[edit]

While previously (1970s) this term, or the honorific お便所 (おべんじょ, o-benjo) was the preferred polite term to refer to a bathroom, it has now been largely replaced with お手洗い (おてあらい, otearai, washroom) – or even トイレ (toire, toilet) – and sounds dated if used.

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