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

The new FoldiMate can now fold a full load of laundry made up of around 25 items in less than 5 minutes, all while automatically adapting to each clothing item type and size. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You'll Never Have To Fold Your Laundry Again With The FoldiMate," 7 Jan. 2019 Tomorrow: We air even more dirty laundry — well, old laundry. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Love a man in uniform? Then you’ll love these stories of fabric survivors.," 29 May 2018 There are two other refrigerators, one in the large butler's pantry and one in the laundry/project room. Janet Eastman,, "Hollywood Video founder's unfinished riverfront mansion to be auctioned (photos)," 22 May 2018 Restrictions on laundry further undermine health and dignity., "Meghan Markle Has Championed Menstrual Equity — Here's Why You Should Too," 21 May 2018 On double checking the cleaner's work and doing the never ending laundry? Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "So, an Airbnb guest asks for a discount. Here's why you should say no," 17 May 2018 Her family of four brings four or five sets of clothes per person when there’s access to a laundry., "Travel like a minimalist and save big," 11 May 2018 Radical transparency means that the person whose laundry may be aired cannot be responsible for deciding what gets hung on the line. Joseph Margulies, Time, "Gina Haspel Ran the CIA Site Where My Client Had Been Tortured. Her Testimony Changed My Opinion of Her," 10 May 2018 And in a perfectly Cinderella twist, Diana previously spent three years working as Sarah’s cleaning woman—dusting, cleaning dishes, and doing laundry for a reported $1.60 an hour. Julie Miller, Vanities, "Inside Princess Diana’s Fairy-Tale Royal Wedding," 17 Apr. 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 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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