clean·​ness ˈklēn-nəs How to pronounce cleanness (audio)
: the quality, state, or condition of being clean
Poll questions delved into issues like access to medical care and stores that sell affordable, nutritious food as well as the cleanness of the air and tap water.Mike McPhate
… short hair will always be stylish when it has the sort of freshness and cleanness of line … that makes the most of eyes and bone structure.Kathleen Engles
compare cleanliness

Examples of cleanness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With her brand new red locks separated in a half-up half-down style, Fox brilliantly combines the chaos of a messy bun with the cleanness of parted face-framing strands. Henry Chandonnet, Peoplemag, 25 July 2023 Our special boosters powerfully break through any type of stain or odor, giving you an all-natural cleanness that leaves your clothes looking and smelling great. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023 The sparseness of the production design and cleanness of the editing permit Adkins and Long’s full-tilt gracefulness to be the scene’s primary focus. Vulture, 7 Mar. 2023 His style prized cleanness, and secure but never imperious beauty. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Mar. 2022 In search of cleanness and order, Hemingway preached a religion of experience. D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, 5 Apr. 2021 Only a complete new order could bring health and cleanness back into the world. John Dos Passos, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleanness was before the 12th century

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“Cleanness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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