a|blu|tions [əˈblu:ʃənz] n [plural] formal
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: ablution, from Latin, from abluere, from ab- 'away' + lavere 'to wash']
if you perform your ablutions, you wash yourself - sometimes used humorously

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  • ablutions — Brit. (in army slang) a room with washing places and toilets. → ablution ablutions formal or humorous an act of washing. → ablution …   English new terms dictionary

  • ablutions — ► PLURAL NOUN formal or humorous ▪ the act of washing oneself. DERIVATIVES ablutionary adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from abluere wash away …   English terms dictionary

  • Ablutions —    A term used to designate the ceremonial washing of the sacred vessels after Holy Communion, with wine and water which are reverently consumed by the Priest. These ablutions are in conformity with the Rubric which directs, And if any of the… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • ablutions — n. (formal) to perform one s ablutions …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ablutions — [[t]əblu͟ːʃ(ə)nz[/t]] N PLURAL: oft poss N Someone s ablutions are all the activities that are involved in washing himself or herself. [FORMAL or HUMOROUS] …   English dictionary

  • ablutions —    a lavatory    • Originally, the religious rite of washing, whence washing the body on any occasion, and then the place in which you washed. An army usage:     We were told to choose a bed site... shown where the Ablutions were. (Bogarde, 1978 …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • ablutions — ab|lu|tions [ ə bluʃnz ] noun plural HUMOROUS washing yourself, cleaning your teeth, etc …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ablutions — ab·lu·tion || É™ bluːʃn n. ritual cleansing or washing; washing of the body …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ablutions — (plural) noun formal or humorous the things that you do to make yourself clean, such as washing yourself, cleaning your teeth etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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