permanent press


: the process of treating a fabric with a chemical (such as a resin) and heat for setting the shape and for aiding wrinkle resistance
: material treated by permanent press
: the condition of material treated by permanent press
ˈpər-mə-nənt-ˈpres How to pronounce permanent press (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An average washer may have regular, permanent press and delicate cycles. Rebecca Carhart, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2022 Commonly used washing symbols are normal, permanent press, and delicate, which will align with the settings on your washer machine. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 22 Dec. 2022 These include normal, quick, heavy-duty, bulky, rinse and spin, delicates, and permanent press cycles. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Dec. 2022 Standard dryers also include pre-set options depending on the fabric or items being dried—towels, delicates, and permanent press may sound familiar. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 The baseball stadium, built in 2013, has artificial turf, permanent stands and permanent press box and lights. Lori Riley,, 15 Nov. 2021 Formaldehyde, which is found in laminate flooring, permanent press curtains, some carpeting and pieces of furniture, releases gases for two years. Jordan Guinn,, 21 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of permanent press was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Permanent press.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

permanent press

: the process of treating a fabric chemically to resist wrinkling
permanent-press adjective
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