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.

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Buyers seem deterred by things that were never an issue in the past, like the fact that the laundry is located in the basement rather than in the apartment itself. Candace Taylor And Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "New York’s Wealthiest Cut Losses as Manhattan Real Estate Falters," 29 Nov. 2018 Doggy showers Introducing the indoor doggy shower, with tiled walls, a half-tub and hot and cold faucets, often located in the laundry room. Tony Bizjak, The Seattle Times, "10 hot home innovations — from dog showers to doorbell cams," 26 Oct. 2018 One woman recalls coming inside from hanging the laundry to find her toddler-aged son watching TV with a woman in her thirties with muddied bare feet sitting on the couch. Time, "Donald Trump's Border Wall Is Already a Reality in This Texas Town," 2 May 2018 As far as what chores to assign your child, an 8-year-old is perfectly capable of doing the laundry, according to Dr. Gilbert, whose own son is an expert at clothes-cleaning duties. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "Yes, Your 8-Year-Old Should Know How to Do Laundry," 29 June 2016 The 24-product range includes both in-flight comfort essentials—ear plugs, cashmere eye masks and slippers, neck pillows with a cooling gel surface and memory foam—and on-the-road amenities like universal travel adaptors and laundry bags. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Herschel Supply Co. Launches Entire Travel Line," 16 Aug. 2018 There is much for her, and audiences, to soak in here: the hanging laundry, the wafts of roasting chestnuts, the rumbling Fiat 1100s, and the theatrical conversations. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "Meet the Adorable Italian Stars in HBO’s Elena Ferrante Adaptation, My Brilliant Friend," 14 Aug. 2018 Downtown Orlando already has a handful of nonprofit organizations that offer regular meals and occasional laundry services. Kate Santich,, "Downtown Orlando needs full-time drop-in center for homeless, leaders say," 13 July 2018 The hands-down worst part of doing laundry is wrangling the fitted sheet back onto the bed. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Raving That Prime Bedding's Deep Pocket Fitted Sheets Never Come Untucked," 2 Oct. 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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