Definition of garbage can noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


garbage can

BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːbɪdʒ kæn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrbɪdʒ kæn//
(also trash can) (both North American English) (British English dustbin) In the garden
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a large container with a lid, used for putting rubbish/garbage in, usually kept outside the house British/​Americanrubbish / garbage / trash / refuse Rubbish is the usual word in British English for the things that you throw away because you no longer want or need them. Garbage and trash are both used in North American English. Inside the home, garbage tends to mean waste food and other wet material, while trash is paper, cardboard and dry material. In British English, you put your rubbish in a dustbin in the street to be collected by the dustmen. In North American English, your garbage and trash goes in a garbage can/​trashcan in the street and is collected by garbage men/​collectors. Refuse is a formal word and is used in both British English and North American English. Refuse collector is the formal word for a dustman or garbage collector. See related entries: In the garden
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