Definition of ablutions noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈbluːʃnz//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbluːʃnz//
[plural] (formal or humorous)
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the act of washing yourself Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin ablutio(n-), from abluere, from ab- ‘away’ + luere ‘wash’. The original use was as a term in chemistry and alchemy meaning ‘purification by using liquids’, hence ‘purification of the body by washing’ (mid 16th cent.).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ablutions