In my house, there is a room with a shower but no toilet. It's for bath. You can't poop here. (Of course, you can pee here since there's drains, it's just the cleaning job is inconvenient.)

So you see, it's not intended for the call of nature. What's the proper word for this room? I don't think 'bathroom' is suitable, because it usually means 'toilet' and using it would lead to misunderstanding.

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    Have you looked up the definition of 'bathroom' in a dictionary?
    – Joachim
    Aug 28, 2022 at 6:17
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    'Bathroom' only means 'toilet' as well in American English. Aug 28, 2022 at 8:02
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    I believe that in America a room with a shower and sink is called a 'shower room' and if there is only a shower it can be called a 'shower stall'. It seems that for many Americans, 'bathroom' now means what British speakers vulgarly call the 'toilet'. Aug 28, 2022 at 8:24
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    Not forgetting Archie Bunker, who was quite happy to say 'turlet'. Aug 28, 2022 at 8:24
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    I call ours a shower room (BrE). What else would you call it?
    – mdewey
    Aug 28, 2022 at 12:53

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If you're talking about rooms in a house, as you stated, the bathroom contains the shower, regardless of whether it has a toilet.

If there's a separate room with just a toilet, it might be called the commode or perhaps even the toilet. But the room with the shower is always the bathroom (bath = bathing).

  • And if in doubt you say "a bathroom with no toilet" or "a room with a bath and sink but no toilet". There isn't a word for every possible combination of furniture/fittings.
    – Stuart F
    Aug 31, 2022 at 8:53
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    I'm not so sure about this. When I ask someone where the bathroom is, I am never interested in finding a shower stall or a bathtub. If you sent me to a room with only a shower stall, I would have to come back and say, I need a toilette. I think shower room is better for a room with only a shower.
    – EllieK
    Aug 31, 2022 at 12:52
  • We're talking about rooms in a house. In the United States, it's very uncommon to have this arrangement, although I have a friend who has exactly this setup. The place where you bathe, in the bathtub or the shower is the bathroom. The place where you urinate is the toilet or commode. At least that's the lingo we use. Aug 31, 2022 at 16:21
  • If you were a real estate agent and you were showing the house, you would say, "This is the bathroom, and there's a separate toilet. You wouldn't point to the (much smaller) toilet and say this is the bathroom and there's a separate shower (in the much larger room with the sink, etc.). Aug 31, 2022 at 16:25
  • I understand the realty naming conventions. Those are what realtors use. Maybe if Michael begins a career in realty, your naming standard will be helpful. But if he needs to use the bathroom your naming standard won't be much help. Bathroom is a room I can go to the bathroom in, meaning pee most often. If I ask you where your bathroom is, I am not planning on bathing. A room with one shower stall in it is not a bathroom by that definition.
    – EllieK
    Aug 31, 2022 at 20:44

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