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"Bathroom" is a noun which is often translated as "el baño", and "lavatory" is a noun which is often translated as "el cuarto de baño". Learn more about the difference between "bathroom" and "lavatory" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (room)
a. el baño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I need to go to the bathroom.Necesito ir al baño.
b. el servicio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Excuse me, where is the bathroom?Perdón, ¿dónde está el servicio?
c. el cuarto de baño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(formal)
They're having a new shower installed in their bathroom.Van a instalar una ducha nueva en el cuarto de baño.
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lavatory
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (room) (United Kingdom)
a. el cuarto de baño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The lavatory is at the back of the house.El cuarto de baño está en la parte de atrás de la casa.
b. el baño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I need to use the lavatory before we go out.Tengo que ir al baño antes de salir.
c. el váter
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
We're having our lavatory remodelled.Vamos a remodelar el váter.
2. (in a public place) (United Kingdom)
a. el baño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The lavatory is on the first floor.El baño está en la primera planta.
b. el servicio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Can you tell me where the lavatory is?¿Me dice dónde está el servicio?
3. (receptacle) (United Kingdom)
a. el inodoro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We fitted a new lavatory and that cured the problem of the smell.Instalamos un inodoro nuevo y con eso se solucionó el problema del mal olor.
b. la taza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I like to clean the lavatory every day with bleach.Me gusta limpiar la taza todos los días con lejía.
c. el váter
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
My flatmate spends hours on the lavatory reading newspapers.Mi compañera de piso se pasa horas en el váter leyendo la prensa.
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