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)

Examples of permanent press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For almost all of the picks of our list, the directive is to wash the sets on a cold, permanent press or gentle cycle with gentle laundry detergent and tumble dry on low or line dry. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2023 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, 8 Sep. 2023 These include normal, quick, heavy-duty, bulky, rinse and spin, delicates, and permanent press cycles. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 June 2023 It can be found in various household products, as well as permanent press fabrics, paints and coatings, lacquers and finishes. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 Know what the permanent press cycle is for? Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 12 Aug. 2021 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 The baseball stadium, built in 2013, has artificial turf, permanent stands and permanent press box and lights. Lori Riley,, 15 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of permanent press was in 1944

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“Permanent press.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

permanent press

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