In some 19th Century texts that I've been reading, the word "toilette" is used in a way that doesn't seem to mean "toilet".

Such as: "lui fit remarquer la vieillerie de la toilette de madame de Bargeton".

Everywhere I look online, I can only find a meaning synonymous with the english word "toilet"... Does it have another meaning?

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    For you next searchs, all the resources cited here that I checked had the correct answer available. Commented May 22, 2013 at 11:10

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"toilette" in the context you specified (noun) is used in a similar way to "outfit".

You can find some entries on Larousse.

Ensemble des vêtements et des accessoires portés par quelqu'un.

Other uses as noun Dictionary reverso include getting clean and/or groomed depending on the context.

Although... I also noticed that the English dictionaires have the definition of "toilette" as meaning "outfit", for instance FreeDictionary.

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