Meaning of “toilet” in the English Dictionary

"toilet" in British English

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uk /ˈtɔɪ.lət/ us /ˈtɔɪ.lət/

toilet noun (CONTAINER)

A1 [ C ] a bowl-shaped device with a seat that you sit on or stand near when emptying the body of urine or solid waste, or another device used for this purpose:

I was on (= using) the toilet when the phone rang.
Don't forget to flush the toilet.
UK Excuse me, Miss Lewis, I need/want (to go to) the toilet.
The toilet seat was cracked and there was no paper.

[ C ] UK US bathroom a room with a toilet in it:

Someone's in the toilet.
go to the toilet

A2 UK to empty the body of urine or solid waste, usually using a toilet to do so:

It's going to be a long drive, kids, so if you want to go to the toilet, do so now.
toilets A2 [ plural ] UK US restroom, US also ladies'/men's room

More examples

  • It has recently come to my attention that some of the younger boys are not using the toilets for the proper purpose.
  • I made a dash for the toilets.
  • I found her in floods of tears in the toilets.
  • Those toilets smell foul!
  • Colin, I'm afraid you've drawn the short straw - you're cleaning out the toilets.

a room or small building in a public place in which there are several toilets:

Do you know where the ladies' toilets are?

More examples

  • My children never flush the toilet after them.
  • Do you need the toilet right now or can you hang on for a while?
  • Can I go to the toilet, please, Miss?
  • We hated using that outside toilet - there were always spiders in there!
  • The sign on the toilet door said 'Engaged'.

(Definition of “toilet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"toilet" in American English

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toiletnoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɔɪ·lɪt/

a device into which people excrete waste, esp. a bowl-shaped device with a seat that has a hole in it, or a bathroom:

I couldn't get the toilet to flush.

(Definition of “toilet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)