Definition of lavabo in English:


Line breaks: la¦vabo
Pronunciation: /ləˈveɪbəʊ
, ləˈvɑː-/

noun (plural lavabos)

1 [mass noun] (In the Roman Catholic Church) the ritual washing of the celebrant’s hands at the offertory of the Mass.
1.1A towel or basin used during the performance of the lavabo.
2 /ˈlavəbəʊ/ A trough for washing in a monastery.
2.1 dated A washbasin or toilet.


mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'I will wash', in Lavabo inter innocentes manus meas 'I will wash my hands in innocence' (Ps. 26:6), which was recited at the washing of hands in the Roman rite.

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