What is the difference between Toilet and Urinals?

The difference between toilet and urinals

is that "toilet" is a covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a dressing table in a chamber or dressing room. [17th–19th c.] and "urinals" is a device or fixture used for urination, particularly:.




  • (obsolete) A covering of linen, silk, or tapestry, spread over a dressing table in a chamber or dressing room. [17th–19th c.]
  • (obsolete) The table covered by such a cloth; a dressing table. [17th–19th c.]
  • (now historical or archaic) Personal grooming; the process of washing, dressing and arranging the hair. [from 17th c.]
  • (now rare, archaic) One’s style of dressing: dress, outfit. [from 18th c.]
  • (archaic) A dressing room. [from 19th c.]
  • (Britain) A room or enclosed area containing a toilet: a bathroom or water closet. [from 19th c.]
  • (New Zealand) A small secondary lavatory having a toilet and sink but no bathtub or shower.
  • (obsolete) A chamber pot.
  • A fixture used for urination and defecation, particularly those with a large bowl and ring-shaped seat which use water to flush the waste material into a septic tank or sewer system. [from 19th c.]
  • (figurative) A very shabby or dirty place. [from 20th c.]


  • (room for urination and defecation): bathroom
  • (NZ, small room for urination and defecation): half bath, half bathroom (US); cloakroom (UK)
  • (pot used for urination and defecation): Thesaurus:chamber pot
  • (fixture for urination and defecation): toilet
  • (in a nautical context): See head (item 4.1.4)


  • (fixture for urination and defecation): toilet


  • And now, unveil’d, the toilet stands display’d,
  • Each silver vase in mystic order laid.
  • Against that short evening her toilet was consulted the whole day […] .
  • Come as you are, tarry not over your toilet.
  • 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.
  • Here, at night, a lonely but brilliantly neon-illuminated figure, I performed my toilet, watched incuriously by the Burmese seated at the tables of the tea-shops below.
  • It is so painful in you, Celia, that you will look at human beings as if they were merely animals with a toilette, and never see the great soul in a man’s face.
  • “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.”
  • Sorry, I was in the toilet.
  • He would hit her when she cried and, if this did not work, would lock her in the toilet for hours on end.
  • He wet his thumb with saliva pressing on the tongue, ran it up and down faster over the letter ‘I’ of ‘TOILET’, the ‘LADIES TOILET’ was transformed into ‘LADIES TO LET’ in no time.
  • My toilet backed up. Now the bathroom’s flooded.
  • Look around you. It’s a toilet.


  • (dated) To dress and groom oneself
  • To use the toilet
  • To assist another (a child etc.) in using the toilet


  • A device or fixture used for urination, particularly:
  • (chemistry, obsolete) Any oblong glass vessel shaped like the old alchemist’s urinal.
  • (obsolete) A room or structure used for urination: a latrine; an outhouse; a lavatory.


  • (chamber pot): chamber pot
  • (fixture): toilet
  • (room or structure): bathroom

Related terms

  • urine, urinate, urination