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Line breaks: jakes
Pronunciation: /dʒeɪks

Definition of jakes in English:


A toilet, especially an outdoor one.
Example sentences
  • A jakes, of course, was the Elizabethan word for a mouldy toilet.
  • 1 T. D. jakes is a leader in Black American Pentecostalism who is seen and heard by millions of people.
  • Nothing fancy, just a long drop, probably leading to a cistern that served several other jakes, but it was a luxury here.


mid 16th century: perhaps from the given name Jacques, or as the genitive of the pet name Jack (see jack1).

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