Definition of lavabo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ləˈveɪbəʊ/
Pronunciation: /ləˈvɑːbəʊ/

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.
2ˈlavəbəʊ 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.

Words that rhyme with lavabo

Gabo, Garbo

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