laun·dry | \ˈlȯn-drē, 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

Locally, private laundry was the hardest amenity to find but the most desired. Shannon Rooney,, "What do Philly renters want most? Private laundry, air conditioning, parking," 9 July 2018 The women's prison is a large, sprawling series of compounds, littered with laundry, and -- oddly -- the constant buzz of light aircraft that appeared to swoop from the sky throughout our visit. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Gangs in El Salvador are using women's bodies for 'revenge and control'," 14 June 2018 Residents were also advised not to do laundry until the water in their house clears, as clothes could become discolored. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Water lines cleared in Dearborn after brown water in faucets," 13 July 2018 His acolytes cooked food and did laundry and cut his meat and competed for the most coveted space in Pacquiao’s orbit—the foot of his bed, where the person most in Pacquiao’s good graces slept each night. Greg Bishop,, "In Search of a Happy Ending to Boxing Career, Manny Pacquiao Is Following a Familiar, Sad Trajectory Instead," 12 July 2018 Will your student walk down the hall, or across the quad, to do laundry? Lisa A. Flam, Fox News, "Preparing your teen for college dorm life? Don't over-pack," 10 July 2018 If one of you prefers to do laundry while the other would rather do a deep clean of the kitchen on weekends, have at it. Ian Kerner, CNN, "'Chore-play'? When couples share the dishes, they're happier," 19 Apr. 2018 That means locals must do everything from dishwashing to cooking to showering and doing laundry using just 13 gallons of water. Kristen Van Schie, Glamour, "Without Water, the Women of Cape Town Are Redefining ‘Self-Care’," 7 Mar. 2018 Mom would make excuses about not having cleaned the house, not having done laundry, and therefore not having clean sheets on my bed. Susan Fekete, Longreads, "The Stuff That Came Between Mom and Me: A Story About Hoarding," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of laundry

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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


laun·dry | \ˈlȯn-drē \
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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