Definitions

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

  • n. The act or process of dressing or grooming oneself; toilet.
  • n. A person's dress or style of dress.
  • n. A gown or costume.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dressing table, typically covered to the floor with cloth (originally, toile) and lace, on which stood a mirror, which might also be draped in lace.
  • n. Alternative spelling of toilet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See toilet, 3.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See toilet.

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

  • n. the act of dressing and preparing yourself

Etymologies

French; see toilet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French toilette, more at toilet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He added that "her toilette is rich but bizarre, and recalls the dress of Guercini's sibyls" with their loosely fitting, shoulder-baring costumes, again reminiscent of Sappho and the Grecian-draped Emma Hamilton (qtd. in Fraser,

    Framing Romantic Dress: Mary Robinson, Princess Caroline and the Sex/Text

  • Originally, a toilette was a dressing table and all its accoutrements, including a toile covering that hung to the floor.

    Flushed

  • Happiness is the poetry of woman, as the toilette is her tinsel.

    Father Goriot

  • An indispensable feature of the toilette is the so-called

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • Her body was modestly invested in a thin pattern of tattoo, and a gauze-work of oil and camwood; the rest of the toilette was a dwarf pigeon-tail of fan - palm, like that of the men, and a manner of apron, white beads, and tree bark, greasy and reddened: the latter was tucked under and over the five lines of cowries, which acted as cestus to the portly middle, "big as a budget."

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 1

  • Mademoiselle Mars presides also over her toilette, which is always appropriate and becoming.

    The Idler in France

  • A simple robe of _organdie_, with long sleeves, a _canezou_ of net, a light scarf, and a pretty _chapeau_ of _paille de riz_, form this becoming toilette, which is considered a suitable one for all theatres, except the Opera, where ladies go in a richer dress.

    The Idler in France

  • With a shrill little laugh, the lady kissed her dear friend affectionately -- and if the caress was not returned with very great fervour, it may be presumed that this coldness was due more to the unlovely impression created by the night 'toilette' of the Ever -

    God's Good Man

  • But what puzzles me is to think how he could possibly know you were going to make any special 'toilette' this evening.

    A Romance of Two Worlds

  • American quickly reflected that the somewhat elaborate "toilette" was unusual, and connected it with the expected visitor.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories

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