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 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 Her father was later a caretaker and her mother a laundress and the owner of a boardinghouse. David Stout, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2021 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Dec. 2021 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Laurie Kellman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of laundress

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Laundress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laundress. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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