A commode, commode with legs, or commode on legs is any of several pieces of furniture. The word commode comes from the French word for "convenient" or "suitable".Originally, in French furniture, a commode introduced about 1700 meant a low cabinet. A commode, made by an cabinet-maker and applied with gilt-bronze mounts, was a piece of veneered case furniture much wider than it was high, raised on high or low legs and with or without enclosing drawers.