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1. water closet [Longman Dictionary]
noun [ C usually singular ] uk ​ /ˈwɔː.tə ˌklɒz.ɪt/ us ​ /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ ˌklɑː.zɪt/
[old-fashioned] a toilet

2. water closet [Cambridge Dictionary​
full form of WC: a toilet, or a room containing a toilet
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I looked up the word 'water closet' in the dictionaries.
What does 'closet' mean in 'water closet'? Does 'closet' mean 'a room' or ' a toilet bowl'?
If 'water closet' means 'toilet', 'closet' could mean the toilet bowl. If 'water closet' is 'a room with a toilet', 'closet' could mean the room. Don't you think so?

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  1. It means the room that contains the toilet. We answered this before, didn't we? It does not mean the bowl.

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  2. The Oxford dictionary does define it as the toilet itself. A closet is usually a small room or wardrobe, someplace that is secret, not public. It signifies privacy. "The conversation was held in the closet", meaning in secret. A homosexual may be "in the closet" if he/she does not want his/her sexual orientation revealed to the public.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/water_closet

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/closet

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