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A bathroom with primitive toilet in the UK's Beamish Museum.
A public bathroom (restroom) in the United States.

Alternative forms




From bath +‎ room. Compare Dutch badkamer (bathroom), German Badezimmer (bathroom), Swedish badrum (bathroom), Faroese baðrúm (bathroom).





bathroom (plural bathrooms)

  1. A room containing a shower and/or bathtub, and (typically but not necessarily) a toilet.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:bathroom
    Hyponyms: see Thesaurus:bathroom
    Hypernym: room
  2. (chiefly US, South Africa, Canada, Philippines, euphemistic) A lavatory (area where one washes or bathes): a room containing a toilet and (typically but not necessarily) a bathtub.
    Most Americans don't know 'WC' and many Brits mock 'bathroom' but almost everyone understands 'toilet' or 'lavatory'.

Usage notes


From the beginning of the 20th century, bathroom has been the generic word for a room with toilet facilities in American English,[1] whereas Britons have continued to say lavatory relatively more frequently, and often loo or WC for a room with a toilet but no bath.

In some contexts, bathroom refers more particularly to the toilet facilities of a private residence, distinguished from public buildings' restrooms (US), washrooms (Canada), men's rooms, ladies' rooms, etc.

Derived terms



  • Urdu: باتھ روم (bāth-rūm)
  • Hindi: बाथरूम (bāthrūm)


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bathroom (third-person singular simple present bathrooms, present participle bathrooming, simple past and past participle bathroomed)

  1. (medicine, transitive) To assist a patient with using the toilet and general personal hygiene.