laun·​der·​ette | \ ˌlȯn-də-ˈret How to pronounce launderette (audio) , ˌlän- \
variants: or less commonly laundrette \ ˌlȯn-​ˈdret How to pronounce launderette (audio) , ˌlän-​ \

Definition of launderette

: a self-service laundry

Examples of launderette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About eight hundred thousand people working launderettes or dry cleaners were let go. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Most Alarming Thing About the Worst Jobs Report in History," 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, "Dogs at polling stations are always big in Britain. This election also brought horses and reindeer.," 12 Dec. 2019 Check to see if there is a self-service launderette, and use it. Erica Silverstein, USA TODAY, "10 hidden costs of cruising: How to prepare for — and fight — extra expenses," 8 Dec. 2019 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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“Launderette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of launderette

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

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