What is the difference between wc and toilet?

wc | toilet |

Wc is a synonym of toilet.

As nouns the difference between wc and toilet

is that wc is toilet (bathroom with toilet) while toilet is (archaic) personal grooming; washing, dressing etc.

As a verb toilet is

(dated) to dress and groom oneself.



Alternative forms



(Initialism) (head)
  • water closet (meaning toilet)
  • Descendants

    * Estonian: (l), (l) * German: (l) * Romanian: (l), (l)


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    (wikipedia toilet)

    Alternative forms

    * toilette


    (en noun)
  • (label) Personal grooming; washing, dressing etc.
  • * 1931 , William Faulkner, Sanctuary , Vintage 1993, page 111:
  • Three women got down and standing on the curb they made unabashed toilets , smoothing skirts and stockings, brushing one another's back, opening parcels and donning various finery.
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  • "It is so painful in you, Celia, that you will look at human beings as if they were merely animals with a toilet , and never see the great soul in a man's face."
  • * 1917 , Arthur Conan Doyle, :
  • "It is a quarter-past two," he said. "Your telegram was dispatched about one. But no one can glance at your toilet and attire without seeing that your disturbance dates from the moment of your waking."
  • (label) A dressing room.
  • Now specifically, a room or enclosed cubicle containing a lavatory, e.g. a bathroom or water closet (WC).
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  • there were also tons of garbage festering in the sun, and the greasy laundry of the workers hung out to dry, and dining rooms littered with food and black with flies, and toilet rooms that were open sewers.
  • * 2002 , Digby Tantam, Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice: A Narrative Framework (page 122)
  • He would hit her when she cried and, if this did not work, would lock her in the toilet for hours on end.
  • A lavatory or device for depositing human waste and then flushing it away with water.
  • EPA is currently developing the specification for high-efficiency toilets . All HETs that meet WaterSense criteria for efficiency and performance will be eligible to receive a label once EPA finalizes the specification. US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Other similar devices, such as squat toilets, as in Japan or the Middle East.
  • (label) A shabby or dirty place, especially a lounge/bar/pub/tavern.
  • * 1982 , (The Mosquito Coast) :
  • Look around you. It's a toilet .
  • (label) A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or dressing room.
  • (label) A dressing table.
  • * 1904 , Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock , Canto I, lines 121-126:
  • And now, unveil’d, the toilet stands display’d,
    Each silver vase in mystic order laid.
    First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores,
    With head uncover’d, the cosmetic powers.
    A heav’nly image in the glass appears;
    To that she bends, to that her eyes she rears.

    Usage notes

    Before the 20th century, toilet' universally referred to personal grooming, bathing, and washing, to combing or arranging one's hair, shaving, etc. This sense is preserved today in '''toiletry''' 'personal grooming item' and ' toilet bag . Nowadays, it is mostly used to indicate a toilet seat or a room with such a seat. Terms such as "pulmonary toilet" and "toilet of the mouth" are however still used in hospitals and clinics.

    Derived terms

    {{der3, toilet bag , toilet basket , toilet box , toilet brush , toilet paper, TP , toilet powder , toilet roll , toilet seat , toilet service, toilet set , toilet train, toilet trained, toilet training , toilet table , toilet tent , toilet water , toiletry, toiletries}}


    * Estonian: (l) * Japanese:


    * bathroom * bog * can * cloakroom * commode * crapper * dunny (Australian slang) * facilities * head * jacks (Hiberno-English) * john (US) * khazi * latrine * lav * lavatory * loo (British English) * outhouse * pisser * pot * potty * powder room * privy * restroom * shit house * shitter * stool * throne * thunderbox * WC


    (en verb)
  • (label) To dress and groom oneself
  • To use the toilet, or assist (a child, etc.) in using the toilet
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