laundress

noun
laun·​dress | \ ˈlȯn-drəs How to pronounce laundress (audio) , ˈlän- \

Definition of laundress

: a woman who is a laundry worker

Examples of laundress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pervis’s mother, Oceola (Ware) Staples, worked as a maid and laundress at a hotel. New York Times, 14 May 2021 The backyard is scattered with dozens of buttons, remnants of Maria Maynard’s time as a laundress. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 Though born a free woman in 1867, she was orphaned at the age of seven and grew up as a domestic servant and laundress. Andy Audate, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Johnson was raised by his mother, a laundress, after his father, a minister of the gospel, was murdered in the 1860s. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 11 Feb. 2021 Catherine Lynch, an Irish immigrant and laundress, moved to Elm Street around 1870 when the house was divided into apartments. John Kelly, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2020 Carey Mulligan stars as Maud Watts, a laundress in 1912 who's pulled into the movement because of horrific working conditions and poverty. Streaming on Netflix. USA Today, 21 Aug. 2020 But the family still depended on relief, even as his mother, Lillian Isabelle (Brown) Jones, held a series of low-paying jobs: housemaid, laundress, ladies’ restroom attendant in a theater. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Feb. 2020 But the family still depended on relief, even as his mother, Lillian Isabelle (Brown) Jones, held a series of low-paying jobs: housemaid, laundress, ladies’ restroom attendant in a theater. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of laundress

1550, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2021

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“Laundress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laundress. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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