1780, from shower + area (n.). Originally a-room with device for washing, utilized 20c. in U.S. as a euphemism for a lavatory and sometimes noted as a word that confused British travelers. To go directly to the restroom, euphemism for "relieve yourself; urinate, defecate," from 1920 (in a book for the kids), but usually utilised without respect for whether a genuine bathroom is involved.
a space or building designed with several toilets
- a space (such as a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and lavatory
She could see a shredded couch cushion and broken glass in the hallway outside the bathroom door and recalled the shape her apartment was in.