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 only thing these sheets can't do is fold your laundry for you. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "These Biodegradable Laundry Sheets Will Replace Your Dryer Sheets and Detergent," 2 July 2019 Like other parents, the Kenai Peninsula mom sometimes clashes with her oldest son over video games, arguing with his siblings, and putting away his laundry. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He looks so normal’: When it comes to FASDs, there’s no such thing as predictability," 24 June 2019 But like running a marathon or doing your laundry, the work is worth it. Glamour, "11 Foundations That Actually Look (and Feel) Like Your Skin," 13 Mar. 2019 Doing my own laundry as of the fall of 1981 was strictly in my enlightened self-interest. ... Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Cold Wash Espionage," 25 Feb. 2019 Bag-all has affordable bags for everything from your charger to your laundry. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "Bag-All," 26 Oct. 2018 The officials, who requested anonymity to discuss details of the investigation, said that White is alleged to have routinely used her personal staff to run errands, get her laundry, pick up lunch, and help with other appointments. Lolita C. Baldor, Fox News, "Pentagon spokeswoman under inspector general investigation," 15 Aug. 2018 From doing their laundry and their meals and all that good stuff. Sam Carchidi,, "If Flyers prospect Carter Hart has a long career, credit his sports psychologist," 27 June 2018 Some Californians could be forced to turn down their air conditioners, hold off on doing their laundry or make other sacrifices in the name of energy conservation. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Summer just got a little hotter: The state might have you turn down your AC | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 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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