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



    BrE BrE//ˈbɑːθruːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæθruːm//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈbɑːθrʊm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæθrʊm//
    Rooms in a house
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  1. 1   a room in which there is a bath/ bathtub, a washbasin and often a toilet Go and wash your hands in the bathroom. See related entries: Rooms in a house
  2. 2   (North American English) a room in which there is a toilet, a sink and sometimes a bath/ bathtub or shower I have to go to the bathroom (= use the toilet). Where's the bathroom? (= for example in a restaurant) We were allowed to stop occasionally for bathroom breaks.
  3. British/​Americantoilet / bathroom In British English, but not in North American English, the room that has a toilet in it is usually referred to as a toilet. This room in people’s houses can also be called the lavatory, or informally, the loo. An extra downstairs toilet in a house can be called the cloakroom. In public places, especially on signs, the words toilets, Gents (for men’s toilets) or Ladies (for women’s toilets) are used for a room or small building containing several toilets. You might also see WC or Public Conveniences on some signs. In North American English the room that contains a toilet is usually called the bathroom, never the toilet. A room with a toilet in a public place can also be called a restroom, ladies’ room, women’s room or men’s room. Washroom is also used, especially in Canada.Extra examples I weigh myself on the bathroom scale(s) every day. Sorry I’m late! Dad was hogging the bathroom. The best boats have cabins with private bathrooms. The master bedroom also has an en suite bathroom. I have to go to the bathroom. Where’s the bathroom?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bathroom

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