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.
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First Known Use of laundry

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of laundry was in 1577

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22 Jan 2020

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“Laundry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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 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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