verb laun·der \ˈln-dər, ˈlän-\

: to make (clothes, towels, sheets, etc.) ready for use by washing, drying, and ironing them

: to put (money that you got by doing something illegal) into a business or bank account in order to hide where it really came from

laun·deredlaun·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of LAUNDER

transitive verb
:  to wash (as clothes) in water
:  to make ready for use by washing and ironing <a freshly laundered shirt>
:  to transfer (as illegally obtained money or investments) through an outside party to conceal the true source
:  sanitize 2 <laundered language>
intransitive verb
:  to wash or wash and iron clothing or household linens
laun·der·er \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of LAUNDER

  1. He used a phony business to launder money from drug dealing.
  2. <had to launder the quarterback's off-the-cuff's remarks before they could be quoted in the newspaper>

Origin of LAUNDER

Middle English launder, noun
First Known Use: 1664

Rhymes with LAUNDER



Definition of LAUNDER

:  trough; especially :  a box conduit conveying particulate material suspended in water in ore dressing

Origin of LAUNDER

Middle English, launderer, from Anglo-French lavandere, from Medieval Latin lavandarius, from Latin lavandus, gerundive of lavare to wash — more at lye
First Known Use: 1667
LAUNDERING Defined for Kids


verb laun·der \ˈln-dər\

Definition of LAUNDER for Kids

:  to wash or wash and iron clothes or household linens
laun·der·er noun


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