laundry

noun
laun·​dry | \ ˈlȯn-drē How to pronounce laundry (audio) , ˈlän-\
plural laundries

Definition of laundry

1a : a room for doing the family wash
b : a commercial laundering establishment
2 : clothes or linens that have been or are to be laundered

Examples of laundry in a Sentence

There's a pile of dirty laundry in the laundry basket. The patients' sheets are sent regularly to the hospital laundry.

Recent Examples on the Web

Instead, get out of the bed after 15 minutes of trying to fall asleep, and do a boring activity in another room, like folding laundry. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "15 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight, According to Experts," 2 May 2019 All of the cooking and laundry sorting and mental-load carrying that typically goes unpaid suddenly has quantifiable value. Lauren Smith Brody, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Invisible Nannies of Instagram," 17 Apr. 2019 Consider that done with these 10 cleaning and laundry essentials. Rachel Jacoby, Woman's Day, "40,000 People Swear By These 36 Home Products," 8 Feb. 2019 There are no shortage of advertisements reminding women to be doting, selfless mothers; to be exquisite cooks; and joyful cleaners of laundry; and to never, ever, ever let our looks go. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reactions to Gillette Ad Prove Toxic Masculinity Is Real," 18 Jan. 2019 The Neuroscientist Who Wants to Turn Support Cells into Neurons A disheveled guest emerges from the elevator of the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C., carrying a bag of laundry to drop off at the front desk. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Well, my dear husband of many decades never did a load of laundry in his life. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Wife hates husband's secret lingerie habit," 14 July 2018 Most of the women at the OSRW10K are amateur runners, with day jobs and grocery lists and an unwashed load of laundry at home. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 For every new home tool that folds the laundry, there's a headline about how sales of real, printed books are up. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Shapeshifting Clock Changes Design As It Approaches Noon," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of laundry

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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laundry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of laundry

: clothes, towels, sheets, etc., that need to be washed or that have been washed
: a business or place where clothes, towels, sheets, etc., are washed and dried

laundry

noun
laun·​dry | \ ˈlȯn-drē How to pronounce laundry (audio) \
plural laundries

Kids Definition of laundry

1 : clothes or household linens that need to be washed or that have been washed
2 : a place where clothes and household linens are washed and dried

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