clean·​er ˈklē-nər How to pronounce cleaner (audio)
plural cleaners
: one whose work is cleaning
: dry cleaner
also : a dry-cleaning shop
usually used in plural
: a preparation for cleaning
: an implement or machine for cleaning

see also take to the cleaners

Example Sentences

He recommends using baking soda as a general household cleaner. a kitchen shelf loaded with household cleaners
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Word History

First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleaner was in 1720

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Cite this Entry

“Cleaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


clean·​er ˈklē-nər How to pronounce cleaner (audio)
: one whose work is cleaning
: a substance used for cleaning
: a device or machine for cleaning

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