latrine c.1300, probably from L. latrina, contraction of lavatrina "washbasin, washroom," from lavatus, pp. of lavare "to wash" (see LAVE (Cf. lave)) + -trina, suffix denoting "workplace." Its reappearance in 1640s is probably a re-borrowing from French; especially of a privy of a camp, barracks, college, hospital, etc. Latrine rumor "baseless gossip" (of the kind that spreads in conversations in latrines) is military slang, first recorded 1918.

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  • Latrine — Sf (behelfsmäßiger) Abort erw. fach. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. lātrīna, zu l. lavāre waschen, baden (Lavabo). Demnach eigentlich ein Waschraum , verhüllend für Abort gebraucht.    Ebenso nndl. latrine, ne. latrine, nfrz. latrines,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Latrine — La*trine (l[.a]*tr[=e]n ), n. [L. latrina: cf. F. latrines.] A privy, or water closet, esp. in a camp, hospital, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Latrine — (v. lat.), so v.w. Abtritt …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Latrine — (lat.), Abtrittsgrube, Kloake, auch Abtritt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Latrine — Latrīne (lat.), Abort, Abtrittsgrube, Kloake …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Latrine — Latrine,die:⇨Toilette(1) …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Latrine — Latrine: Die Bezeichnung für »Abtritt; Senkgrube« wurde im 16. Jh. aus gleichbed. lat. latrina entlehnt. Dies ist zusammengezogen aus *lavatrina (zu lat. lavare »‹sich› baden, waschen«; vgl. das Lehnwort ↑ laben) und bedeutet demnach eigentlich… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • latrine — Latrine, Latrina …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • latrine — ► NOUN ▪ a toilet, especially a communal one in a camp or barracks. ORIGIN Latin latrina, from lavare to wash …   English terms dictionary

  • latrine — [lə trēn′] n. [Fr < L latrina, contr. of lavatrina, bath < lavare, to wash: see LAVE1] a toilet, privy, etc. for the use of a large number of people, as in an army camp …   English World dictionary

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