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 Magee-Coffin’s neighbors, also currently living in tents or their cars, added to the list of needs: showers, a place to charge cell phones, access to laundry facilities, more affordable housing and a sense of safety. oregonlive, "Portland-area counties enjoy wide latitude as they ponder how to spend homelessness services tax," 13 Feb. 2021 There are also larger modular units on-site where residents can find collective dining and gathering spaces, pet play areas, showers, restrooms, laundry services, and storage options. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Los Angeles Just Opened a Tiny Home Village to House the Homeless," 12 Feb. 2021 Ione Gibbs died in 1923, and the couple's five sons — Jasper Jr., Hiram, Morris, Mark and Wendell — built a successful south Minneapolis laundry. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "A young Black man from Kentucky owned the Minneapolis restaurant scene in the 1890s," 12 Feb. 2021 Deflategate in 2015 — cling loosely to their championships, like dryer sheets on fresh laundry. New York Times, "Through Genetics, Luck or ‘Prehab,’ Tom Brady Endures at 43," 7 Feb. 2021 The second floor will see its warming kitchen upgraded to a full commercial kitchen, laundry services expanded, the building of a new staff break room and locker room and more office space. Jessica Williams,, "New Orleans to expand homeless shelter, offer $25 million in rental aid this spring," 6 Feb. 2021 In 2019, when Trump officials apprehended more than 850,000 migrants at the southwest border, the courtyard was crowded with laundry lines, sleeping pads and well over 100 women and kids. Los Angeles Times, "Biden inherits border chaos from Trump but begets uncertainty and false hope," 20 Jan. 2021 Their findings add a tremendous amount of weight to the discussion surrounding laundry outputs of microplastic fibers to the environment, and the need to address it quickly. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Arctic Ocean Is Teeming With Microfibers From Clothes," 12 Jan. 2021 There was talk, too, that a laundry business was en route. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Laundry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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