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See also: Bath, bàth, baþ, bað, and Ba'th


A western-style bathtub


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bath, baþ, from Old English bæþ (bath), from Proto-Germanic *baþą (bath), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₁- (to warm). Cognate with Dutch bad (bath), German Bad (bath), Danish bad (bath), Icelandic bað (bath), Swedish bad (bath), German bähen (to foment). More at beath.


bath (plural baths)

  1. A tub or pool which is used for bathing: bathtub.
  2. A building or area where bathing occurs.
    • Gwilt
      Among the ancients, the public baths were of amazing extent and magnificence.
  3. The act of bathing.
  4. A substance or preparation in which something is immersed.
    a bath of heated sand, ashes, steam, or hot air
    • 1879, Th Du Moncel, The Telephone, the Microphone and the Phonograph, Harper, page 166:
      He takes the prepared charcoal used by artists, brings it to a white heat, and suddenly plunges it in a bath of mercury, of which the globules instantly penetrate the pores of charcoal, and may be said to metallize it.
Usage notes[edit]

Sense 3. is usually to take (US) or have (UK, Aus) a bath. See also Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take

Derived terms[edit]
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bath (third-person singular simple present baths, present participle bathing, simple past and past participle bathed)

  1. (transitive) To wash a person or animal in a bath
    • 1990, Mukti Jain Campion, The Baby Challenge: A handbook on pregnancy for women with a physical disability.[1], →ISBN, page 41:
      Somewhere to bath the baby: don't invest in a plastic baby bath. The bathroom handbasin is usually a much more convenient place to bath the baby. If your partner is more able, this could be a task he might take on as his, bathing the baby in a basin or plastic bown on the floor.
    • 2006, Sue Dallas, Diana North and Joanne Angus, Grooming Manual for the Dog and Cat[2], →ISBN, page 91:
      For grooming at home, obviously the choice is yours whether you wish to bath the dog in your own bath or sink, or if you want to buy one specifically for the purpose.
    • 2007, Robin Barker, Baby Love[3], →ISBN, page 179:
      If you find bathing stressfull during the first six weeks, only bath your baby once or twice a week.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Hebrew בַּת (bath).


bath (plural baths)

  1. (historical units of measure) A former Hebrew unit of liquid volume (about 23 L or 6 gallons).
    • 1769, Bible (KJV), Ezekiel, 45:10–11:
      Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath. The ephah and the bath shall be of one measure, that the bath may contain the tenth part of an homer, and the ephah the tenth part of an homer: the measure thereof shall be after the homer.





From English proper noun Bath where this paper was originally made.



bath m (plural baths)

  1. English high quality letter paper popular in the 19th century.


bath (plural baths)

  1. Super, great, smashing; beautiful, fine, good, pleasant.

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