cleanliness

noun

clean·​li·​ness ˈklen-lē-nəs How to pronounce cleanliness (audio)
: the quality or state of being clean : the practice of keeping oneself or one's surroundings clean
Though a stale remark, it can hardly be said too often, that personal cleanliness is one of the necessary agents to health …Walt Whitman
The Romans spent hours at their elaborate bathhouse complexes, but not everyone equated cleanliness with virtue …Sara Ivry
This cleanliness is necessary to ensure that no dust or particles end up on the silicon surface during the processing of the chip.Robert J. Cone

Examples of cleanliness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sand placed on the beach as part of a construction project must meet standards for cleanliness and grain size set by agencies such as the California Coastal Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2024 Virgos are also known to encourage cleanliness and discipline, instilling a sense of responsibility in their kids from a young age. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 11 May 2024 Awarded airline rating organization Skytrax as part of their World Airport Awards, Haneda's cleanliness — specifically of the floors, seating, public areas, and restrooms — helped his Japan hub become No. 1. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 2 May 2024 But, for these agencies, cleanliness was generally a low priority. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 In general, grocery store managers have a wide variety of responsibilities, including hiring and firing, employee training, scheduling, overseeing a store's financial performance, merchandise and cleanliness, and keeping on top of overall store maintenance and legal compliance. USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2024 Occupational therapists assist clients, most of whom have complex health conditions, in developing basic living skills, such as hygiene and cleanliness, which help prevent clients from getting evicted or slipping back onto the streets. Molly Castle Work | Kff Health News, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Cleanest airport The same winning trio of Fort McMurray, Grand Rapids’ Gerald R. Ford, and Greenville-Spartanburg received the highest ratings for the overall cleanliness of the airports. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Mar. 2024 Airport dining:These restaurants are opening at Indianapolis International Airport The airports were rated based on more than 30 key performance indicators, including ease of finding your way; check-in; shopping and dining offerings; and cleanliness of overall facilities. The Indianapolis Star, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleanliness was in the 15th century

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“Cleanliness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleanliness. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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