from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A communal toilet of a type often used in a camp or barracks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a very simple toilet facility, usually just a pit or trench. See also the slang terms john and johnny house.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A privy, or water-closet, esp. in a camp, hospital, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A privy; a water-closet; especially, a water-closet in a public place, as in factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a public toilet in a military area
The latrine is within the barbed wire at a little distance from the quarters with two seats and a urinal (Pit-type).
This drawing of a latrine is painted on a wall next to the main square in San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca.
"We need a reliable supply of drinking water, mattresses and bedding, as well as kitchen utensils," says Zeenat, adding that "a latrine is a priority."
I growled that I didn't put any faith in latrine-gossip - especially if the latrine was a Hindoo one, and at this one of the older men, Sardul something-or-other, shook his head and says gravely:
And the spot Joe and I had chosen for our latrine was a good forty yards from the tent.
On my first visit, I discovered that the latrine was a couple of holes in the ground that you squatted over to relieve yourself.
Our latrine was a five-gallon can in the center of the hold; it was soon filled.
I growled that I didn't put any faith in latrine-gossip — especially if the latrine was a Hindoo one, and at this one of the older men, Sardul something-or-other, shook his head and says gravely:
Their latrine was a folding lawn chair with a hole in it.
When soldiers finally allowed her to use a latrine in the courtyard, she found her brother's body there, wrapped in a bloody sheet.