powder room

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Etymology[edit]

Euphemism (the category is known as indirection) – identifying the lavatory as a place to powder one's nose (apply make-up), rather than to use the toilet. Origin 1905–10; first attested 1941.

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powder room (plural powder rooms)

  1. (US, euphemistic) A women's toilet, especially in a public venue such as a restaurant, boutique, or hotel lobby.

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