water closet

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water closet (plural water closets) (abbreviation WC)

  1. (chiefly UK) a flush toilet, or the room, in a public place, containing one
    • "The English Origins: There was a noble origin to the water closet in its earliest days. Sir John Harington, godson to Queen Elizabeth, set about making a "necessary" for his godmother and himself in 1596. A rather accomplished inventor, Harington ended his career with this invention, for he was ridiculed by his peers for this absurd device. He never built another one, though he and his godmother both used theirs."

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