toilette

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See also: Toilette and toiletté

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French toilette; more at toilet.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

toilette (plural toilettes)

  1. Archaic form of toilet. (in all senses related to dressing and personal grooming, but not a water closet)
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 1, page 291:
      No such very great degree of genius can be displayed in the rest of the toilette. The dress has been chosen—it fits you à ravir—it has simply to be put on with mathematical accuracy: but the bonnet is the triumph of taste,—you must exert your intellect,—your destiny is in your own hands.
    • 1848-50, William Makepeace Thackeray, Pendennis, ch 19:
      He was elaborately attired. He would ogle the ladies who came to lionise the university, and passed before him on the arms of happy gownsmen, and give his opinion upon their personal charms, or their toilettes, with the gravity of a critic whose experience entitled him to speak with authority.
    • 1871, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter I, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume I, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829, book I (Miss Brooke), page 25:
      It is so painful in you, Celia, that you will look at human beings as if they were merely animals with a toilette, and never see the great soul in a man's face.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

toile (cloth) +‎ -ette

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /twa.lɛt/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

toilette f (plural toilettes)

  1. toilet (act of cleaning oneself)
  2. (Belgium) the toilet, lavatory

Usage notes[edit]

  • In Belgium the word for "toilet/lavatory" can be singular (la toilette) while in the rest of the world the noun is only plural (les toilettes).

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • German: Toilette
  • Polish: toaleta

Further reading[edit]


Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French toilette.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

toilette f (invariable)

  1. toilet (all senses)
  2. makeup
  3. dressing table

References[edit]

  1. ^ toilette in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

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Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from French toilette.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

toilette f (plural toilettes)

  1. toilet (personal grooming)

Noun[edit]

toilette m (plural toilettes)

  1. toilet; lavatory; bathroom
    Synonyms: lavabo, banheiro, casa de banho