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latrine

Line breaks: la|trine
Pronunciation: /ləˈtriːn
 
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Definition of latrine in English:

noun

A toilet, especially a communal one in a camp or barracks.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

More
  • Although this was found in Middle English, it was rare before the mid 19th century. It came via French from Latin latrina ‘privy’, a shortening of lavatrina, from lavare ‘to wash’.

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