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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On Her Childhood: Born in rural Illinois, Melissa McCarthy spent her early years on a farm first performing for her mom in their laundry room. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Melissa McCarthy's Weight-Loss Journey in Her Own Words," 3 Jan. 2019 The efforts also will expand partnerships that supply washers and dryers in DPSCD schools so students can do laundry at school. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's far-reaching strategy to fill its schools," 29 May 2018 The building, at 4680-4690 Mission St., houses the Clean Wash Center laundry on the ground floor. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF settles with owner, landlord of Outer Mission building called “death trap”," 17 May 2018 It's meant to be a day where people can take some time to clean out cluttered closets, throw things away, pick up toys, do some laundry and many other things to get your home feeling clean and fresh. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "National Clean Up Your Room Day: These are the dirtiest places in your home," 10 May 2018 Lee Bing and Yip Shee, the founders, emigrated from China in 1928 and first opened a laundry on Carondelet Street in New Orleans. Todd A. Price,, "Do you remember House of Lee in Metairie? A lost restaurant," 27 Feb. 2018 The next day, Metcalf took a pile of laundry with her onstage. Willa Paskin, New York Times, "Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight," 21 Feb. 2018 Babies are always spitting up and diaper leakage is common, which results in endless laundry for new mothers. Naomi Williamson, Woman's Day, "10 Things Never to Buy a New Mom," 23 July 2014 My mom did laundry for five kids, including four smelly boys, plus my dad. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "The Mom Moment That Made Me Really Appreciate My Own Mom," 30 Jan. 2012

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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 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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