Definition of commode in English:


Syllabification: com·mode
Pronunciation: /kəˈmōd


1A piece of furniture containing a concealed chamber pot.
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  • Down the years, there have been as many shapes and designs of chamber pots and commodes as there have been names.
  • The rooms were well-furnished and had English commodes, bath-tubs and running water.
  • The centre loans wheelchairs, commodes and other essential equipment to disabled and elderly people.
1.1North American A toilet.
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  • The wall-mounted commodes and lavatories provide comparable maintenance benefits.
  • They heard the commode flush and the bathroom door open.
  • We live on the 16th floor of the tallest apartment block in Gabrovo where throughout the day, the aroma of 15 floors of collective gases from unflushed commodes waft upwards and emanate from our drains.
1.2North American historical A movable washstand.
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  • Someone should stay with your child while in the bathroom, or when up to the commode.
  • Later, my father got a toilet put in, a commode, but no bathtub.
2A chest of drawers or chiffonier of a decorative type popular in the 18th century.
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  • Master cabinetmakers fashioned a low chest of drawers, which differed from the bureau commode, or large table with drawers, that was crafted in the baroque period.
  • Its stylish catalogues are full of mahogany commodes, solid sideboards and muscular chests.
  • Neoclassical commodes, desks, and some chairs had fluted tapered legs reminiscent of upside-down obelisks.


mid 18th century (sense 2): from French, literally 'convenient, suitable', from Latin commodus. sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.

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