Definition of lavabo in English:


Syllabification: la·va·bo
Pronunciation: /ləˈväbō, -ˈvābō

noun (plural lavaboes)

1(In the Roman Catholic Church) a towel or basin used for the ritual washing of the celebrant’s hands at the offertory of the Mass.
1.1Ritual washing using a lavabo.
1.2 dated A washbasin.
1.3 /ˈlavəbō/ A washing trough in a monastery.


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

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