From bath + room. Compare Dutch badkamer (“bathroom”), German Badezimmer (“bathroom”), Swedish badrum (“bathroom”), Faroese baðrúm (“bathroom”).
bathroom (plural bathrooms)
- A room containing a shower and/or bathtub, and (typically but not necessarily) a toilet.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:bathroom
- Hyponyms: see Thesaurus:bathroom
- Hypernym: room
- (chiefly US, South Africa, Canada, euphemistic) A lavatory: a room containing a toilet and (typically but not necessarily) a bathtub.
Most Americans don’t know ‘WC’ and many Brits mock ‘bathroom’ but almost everyone understands ‘toilet’ or ‘lavatory’.
From the beginning of the 20th century, bathroom has been the generic word for a room with toilet facilities in American English. As Britons continue to say lavatory relatively more frequently and often loo or WC for a room with a toilet but no bath. Partly from French influence, such rooms are also relatively more common in British homes.
In some contexts, bathroom refers more particularly to the toilet facilities of a private residence, distinguished from public buildings’ restrooms, men’s rooms, ladies’ rooms, etc.
a room with a bathtub