the application of scent (e.g. perfume or cologne) rather than bathing.
She did not take a real shower, she took a French bath.
Last edited on Apr 16 2011. Submitted by David D. from Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
on Sep 08 1998.
Among some people in the United States, term used in the past and less frequently in modern times. It was used especially among certain older generations to imply taking a quick "wash-up" or partial ablution for hygienic purposes.
The origin of this term "may" have had some link to the French "bidet" ; the way a nurse sponge bathes a sick bed ridden patient; and/or the way people bathed out of wash tub basins in rural areas.
Typically, a modern French bath is done at one's bathroom sink in their private home. It usually entails washing of the lower genitals/private parts with soap and water. Other more detailed variations include following the order of washing face/brushing teeth, washing underarms (underneath breasts for women), and lower genitals; (feet optional). This is if one is in rush and cannot bath or shower in the morning OR is ill/bed ridden