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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Bedford sat down on the commode.
▪ Attributed to Thomas Chippendale, commode, mahogany, 1766.
▪ Eline caught Joe around the waist and half-lifted, half-pulled him into place on the commode.
▪ Sister Agnesey enquires if any progress has been made in acquiring commodes.
▪ The experience is sobering, a renewed effort has to be made to obtain commodes.
▪ There are five bathroom commodes for 400 girls.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lavatory \Lav"a*to*ry\, n.; pl. Lavatories. [L. lavatorium: cf. lavatoire. See Lave to wash, and cf. Laver.]

  1. A place for washing.

  2. A basin or other vessel for washing in.

  3. A wash or lotion for a diseased part.

  4. A place where gold is obtained by washing.

  5. A room containing one or more sinks for washing, as well as one or more toilet fixtures; also called bathroom, toilet, and sometimes commode. Commode and toilet may refer to a room with only a toilet fixture, but without a sink.

    Syn: toilet, lavatory, can, facility, john, privy, bathroom.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1786, "chest of drawers," earlier (1680s) name of a type of fashionable ladies' headdress, from French commode, noun use of adjective meaning "convenient, suitable," from Latin commodus "proper, fit, appropriate, convenient, satisfactory," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + modus "measure, manner" (see mode (n.1)). Meaning "chair housing a chamber pot" first attested 1851 from notion of "convenience."


n. 1 A low chest of drawers on short legs. 2 A stand for a washbowl and jug. 3 A chair containing a chamber pot. 4 (context euphemistic English) A toilet. 5 (context historical English) A kind of woman's headdress, raising the hair and fore part of the cap to a great height.

  1. n. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination [syn: toilet, can, crapper, pot, potty, stool, throne]

  2. a tall elegant chest of drawers [syn: chiffonier]


A commode is any of several pieces of furniture. The word commode comes from the French word for "convenient" or "suitable", which in turn comes from the Latin adjective commodus, with similar meanings.

Usage examples of "commode".

Tables, wardrobes, commodes, mirrors, chairs - the contents of a seven-bedroomed mansion crammed into a three-room shack.

The third carried furniture: Victorian love seats, armoires, beds with richly carved roses, dressers, commodes, pier mirrors, hatstands in walnut and oak.

Beyond him I could see Sara standing impatiently amongst the forest of bentwood hatstands, Welsh dressers, bronze statuettes, library steps, and commodes.

She hoisted a heavy ewer and poured fresh water into a redware bowl on a commode, that the guests might wash before dinner.

He supported her while she lost the contents of her stomach , then, very gently, closed the commode and eased her down.

Majesty's bedroom, where the great silver bed was liberally anointed with the contents of the commode, then set ablaze.

Before departing he requested that it should be told to his dear son Patsy that the other boot which he had been looking for was at present under the commode in the return room and that the pair should be sent to Cullen's to be soled only as the heels were still good.

Under this roof – or these roofs – were miles of rare books, acres of valuable carpet, a veritable Louvre of paintings and statuary, a bull's dream of china and glass, and enough armoires, commodes, tallboys, chiffoniers, secretaries, wardrobes, rolltop desks and cellarets to fill every harem in the world.

With the hamper on the backseat and the two commodes on the floor, Qwilleran tooted a farewell to his hostess on the doorstep and headed the car toward Pickax.

He put the commodes and hamper in her car, and then he and Polly settled in the front seat of the car he had given her for Christmas.

Their commodes were in the car when it flipped, and they rattled around like ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.

No stopped-up commodes in a cat's world, Adrienne mused as Moonie curled her paws into her hair and began a thrumming little purr.

Dreams about stopped-up commodes can symbolize many things: the dreamer is emotionally repressed.

Now how am I supposed to make do without commodes for two or three days?

As well as the pots there are commodes, concealed in fine sets of steps, or chairs of innocent appearance.