Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fixture similar in design to a toilet that is straddled for bathing the genitals and the posterior parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a low-mounted plumbing fixture or type of sink intended for washing the external genitalia and the anus
  • n. A small horse formerly allowed to each trooper or dragoon for carrying his baggage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small horse formerly allowed to each trooper or dragoon for carrying his baggage.
  • n. A kind of bath tub for sitting baths; a sitz bath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small horse; formerly, in the British army, a horse allowed to each trooper or dragoon for carrying his baggage.
  • n. The basin of a water-closet so made that, in addition to the ordinary places of entrance of water- and discharge-pipe, there is a contrivance for washing or administering injections: sometimes made as a separate article of bedroom furniture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a basin for washing genitals and anal area

Etymologies

French, pony, bidet, probably from Old French bider, to trot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bidet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Considering that a search for the term bidet on the DYI Network site yielded no results, Canada's trees will continue to meet an ignominious end.

    American Thinker

  • The first mechanized bidet did not come on the scene until 1750 and was called a bidet à seringue.

    Flushed

  • For those that don't know, a bidet is a mini bath for your rear end!

    Mara Gibbs: Everybody Sleeps Where? In Paris, For Luxury, Hotel Plaza Athenee

  • This may seem obvious, but some novices think that a bidet is a toilet without a seat, especially at 3 am, in the dark.

    Lea Lane: Green Clean Where the Sun Don't Shine: Use a Bidet

  • The Oxford Companion To The Body traces the merkin back to 1450, a time when the bidet was a distant prospect and personal hygiene fell well short of the mark.

    Wordly Wise

  • Perhaps the Jasmin, then, should properly be called a bidet à computer.

    Flushed

  • In fact, you can not have a bath every day because it takes too long, so their choice is not to have a bath, and when they think is, you know, bidet, which is in Italy absolutely crucial.

    Ciao America! An Italian Discovers the U.S.

  • But he led me into his bedroom, another white cube, empty except for a bed, a chair, a table and a tin bidet.

    Try Anything Twice

  • And with "House Hunters International," there's the fun of finding out what other countries consider the norm in everything from room size -- try telling an American that anything but a walk-in closet is spacious enough -- to "the differences with the bathroom, whether or not they have a bidet, which is more common in some countries than others," says James.

    Freep.com - RSS

  • The losers see their toys blown up in an atmospherically controlled bidet, which is surely sending out the wrong message about consumer durability.

    Life and style | guardian.co.uk

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  • Sure, sure... "The basin of a water-closet so made that, in addition to the ordinary places of entrance of water- and discharge-pipe, there is a contrivance for washing or administering injections: sometimes made as a separate article of bedroom furniture."
    --Cent. Dict.

    But did you see the part about the horse in the other definition?

    October 23, 2012

  • We can't be trusted with them here. We'd ruin all our nice floors. ;-)

    April 9, 2008

  • My dear friend, how I miss you.

    April 9, 2008