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 But the global economy is also driven by domestic labor—happening in laundry rooms and nurseries, performed on hands and knees, sponge or toilet brush in hand. Angela Garbes, The Atlantic, 13 May 2022 The resort also agreed to offer jobs to three former employees: a banquet server, a laundry attendant and a banquet houseperson. Hugo Martínstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 The upstairs contains a second bedroom-bath suite that is nearly as large and that also has its own laundry area. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 11 May 2022 Rafael Devers got a ride in the laundry cart after his grand slam Tuesday night. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2022 Closed doors also conveniently hide hygiene items, plungers, and laundry. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 People in shelters also would have access to showers, restrooms and laundry services. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 Brightly colored laundry sways in the gentle, warm breeze. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Brightly colored laundry sways in the gentle, warm breeze. Max Bearak And Isabelle Khurshudyan, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of laundry

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Last Updated

16 May 2022

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“Laundry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laundry. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for laundry

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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