laundress

noun
laun·dress | \ˈlȯn-drəs, ˈlän-\

Definition of laundress 

: a woman who is a laundry worker

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While the former laundress was elbowing her way through the medieval patriarchy, a young man named Raymond of Campagno was similarly rising in the king’s estimation. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Cecil was a clergyman and his sister, Linnie, was a laundress in a private home. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Were My Southern Kin From Jamaica?," 8 Dec. 2017 Before long, the arrests spread from the tenants to their nannies, guards, laundresses, and stairwell cleaners. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "The House Where Revolution Went to Die," 13 Oct. 2017 When the war ended, most of those women, who had served as pilots, snipers, mine-detectors, nurses, cooks, and laundresses, quietly went home and resumed everyday life. Bob Blaisdell, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Unwomanly Face of War' records Russian women fighting in WWII," 25 July 2017 There are a chef, a housekeeper, and a laundress, and two housemen/waiters; Basso's group also had a captained boat at their disposal day and night. Lauren Lipton, Town & Country, "The Thrilla in the Villa: Inside the World of Luxury Vacation Rentals," 13 Mar. 2015 As told in this compelling stage story, young Freda Josephine was made to leave her family's home at age 8 when her mother, who worked as a laundress, arranged for to work as a live-in maid for wealthy family. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Josephine Baker's life, career and cautions recalled on stage," 30 May 2017 His father was a public accountant and his mother a cook or laundress, depending on the account, but for murky reasons they were gone from his life in early childhood. Randal C. Archibold, New York Times, "Manuel Noriega, Dictator Ousted by U.S. in Panama, Dies at 83," 30 May 2017

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1550, in the meaning defined above

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