laun·der·ette | \ˌlȯn-də-ˈret, ˌlän-\
variants: or less commonly laundrette \ˌlȯn-ˈdret, ˌlän- \

Definition of launderette 

: a self-service laundry

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Despite its relatively strict anti-money-laundering regulations, London is a favoured financial launderette for European gangsters. The Economist, "Gangsters’ paradiseBrexit presents new opportunities for organised crime," 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, "The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love," 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,, "In Pictures: The U.K. Votes," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of launderette

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for launderette

from Launderette, a service mark

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English Language Learners Definition of launderette

: a place that has machines to use for washing and drying clothes, towels, sheets, etc.

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