laun·​der·​ette ˌlȯn-də-ˈret How to pronounce launderette (audio)
variants or less commonly laundrette
ˌlȯn-ˈdret How to pronounce launderette (audio)
: a self-service laundry

Examples of launderette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For everyone, there are self-service launderettes onboard. Georgina Cruz, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Most cruise ships offer laundry pressing and dry cleaning services, or even self-serve launderettes with an ironing board. Brittany Chrusciel, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2023 About eight hundred thousand people working launderettes or dry cleaners were let go. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 8 May 2020 But voters can also cast ballots at pubs and more unconventional locations, including hair salons, a historic windmill in eastern England and a launderette in Oxford. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2019 Check to see if there is a self-service launderette, and use it. Erica Silverstein, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2019 Despite its relatively strict anti-money-laundering regulations, London is a favoured financial launderette for European gangsters. The Economist, 24 Jan. 2018 In 1967, the business district in the Haight looked like most mid-century American main streets: drug stores and barbershop poles, Coca-Cola signs in the window of the launderette. Longreads, 7 Aug. 2017 Here’s a look at scenes at various polling stations across the U.K.—set up in pubs, launderettes, mobile homes, and other quirky locations—as the British people choose their next leader. Tom Hall,, 8 June 2017

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Word History


from Launderette, a service mark

First Known Use

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of launderette was circa 1948

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“Launderette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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