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washroom ‎(plural washrooms)

  1. (US, Canada) A toilet, especially a public one.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the U.S., where the term originated, it was mostly replaced by "restroom" in the 20th century. Today it is generally used only as a technical or commercial term.
  • In Canada, the term is used in everyday speech. The word "bathroom" is also used. The term "toilet" is generally considered somewhat indelicate in Canada and is avoided.
  • The term is rarely used in other English-speaking countries, where "public toilet" or "lavatory" are preferred.