Definition of latrine in English:


Syllabification: la·trine
Pronunciation: /ləˈtrēn


  • A toilet, especially a communal one in a camp or barracks.
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    • One soldier, rather close to the bottom of the ladder, was quite satisfied to simply keep the latrines clean and the barracks stoves going in cold weather.
    • Deciding that cleaning toilets in the latrine and tables in the mess wasn't for him, Mauldin transferred to the infantry.
    • He was walking in light footwear across his base camp on his way to the latrine.


Middle English (rare before the mid 19th century): via French from Latin latrina, contraction of lavatrina, from lavare 'to wash'.

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