iron·​ing | \ ˈī(-ə)r-niŋ How to pronounce ironing (audio) \

Definition of ironing

1 : the action or process of smoothing or pressing with or as if with a heated iron
2 : clothes ironed or to be ironed

Examples of ironing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Classical art is indeed an inspiration, but then, no more than Kewpie dolls, or prehistoric ironing boards. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Bruce McCall’s “A Brush with Greatness”," 6 Jan. 2020 Her mother did the ironing at a Chinese laundry, worked as a presser at the cleaners, and cleaned classrooms at a local school. New York Times, "Carrie Saxon Perry, Barrier-Breaking Mayor, Dies at 87," 14 Nov. 2019 Twenty-six days later, an equally basic side-view of the ironing board shows the flatiron and chain in place. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At LACMA, Betye Saar’s distinctive assemblage art probes American racism," 24 Sep. 2019 The other pictures a black woman bent over her ironing. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At LACMA, Betye Saar’s distinctive assemblage art probes American racism," 24 Sep. 2019 Solution: Ask whether there’s an ironing room, Ankeny said. Los Angeles Times, "Revealed: The dirty little secrets of doing hand laundry on the road," 30 Aug. 2019 How to repair heat styling damage to hair Blow-drying, flat-ironing and curling can all cause hair's outer layer to lift up, releasing valuable moisture and leaving strands brittle, dry, and damaged. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Ways You Can Actually Fix Damaged Hair, According to Styling Pros," 9 July 2019 When the swindler Bernie Madoff was imprisoned for 150 years, people cheered—not just in the courthouse, but in their cars, doing their ironing, commuting to work. Tiffany Watt Smith, SELF, "Why I Stopped Feeling Bad About Feeling Schadenfreude," 29 Nov. 2018 Inside, a half-dozen women are hard at work, sewing and ironing. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Local charity needs a new place to sew – for $250 a month," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of ironing

circa 1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ironing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ironing

: the activity of using an iron to smooth out clothes or fabric
: clothes that need to be ironed

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