Definition of eau de toilette in English:

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eau de toilette

Pronunciation: /ˌō də twäˈlet/

noun (plural eaux de toilette pronounced same)

A dilute form of perfume; toilet water.
Example sentences
  • A successful perfume, aftershave or eau de toilette can work wonders for a fashion label's balance sheet, not to mention its international profile.
  • In an ideal world, says Carol, men would use aftershave as well as eau de toilette, which is sprayed on the body in the way women wear perfume.
  • Certainly in France it was thought better to rub the body with the highly scented alcohol-based fragrances that were the forerunners of modern eaux de toilette, scented powders, and perfumes.


Early 20th century: French, literally 'toilet water'.

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Syllabification: eau de toi·lette

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