vacuum cleaner

noun

Definition of vacuum cleaner

: a household appliance for cleaning floors, carpets, upholstery, etc. by suction

called also vacuum sweeper

Examples of vacuum cleaner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Instead, opt for a can of compressed air, an air compressor set to a low psi, or a vacuum cleaner (a wet/dry Shop-Vac would be perfect). Joel Johnson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Save Your Wet Cellphone…with Rice!," 3 Mar. 2017 Urban Ladder makes bookshelves with glass fronts to protect against India’s dust, and knotted rugs, which don’t require vacuum cleaners. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "IKEA’s Strategy in India: If We Build It, They Will Come," 23 July 2018 It's called Terra, and it's made by the same company that brought Roomba, the robot vacuum cleaner, to your home. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The Company Behind Roomba Is Making a Robot Lawn Mower," 1 Feb. 2019 Carpet cleaners are much heavier to push and more cumbersome to use than traditional vacuum cleaners. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Carpet Cleaners to Buy in 2019," 15 Jan. 2019 This super-efficient vacuum cleaner is completely bagless and comes with a washable and reusable dust cup that requires less frequent replacement. Popular Mechanics, "All of These Gadgets Are an Extra 20% Off for Cyber Monday," 26 Nov. 2018 Obviously, do not hose down the vacuum cleaner itself. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 Trump’s new list of levies covers every corner of the home: soaps and shampoos, hand tools and furniture, leather goods and handbags, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners, and plates and cups, to name a few. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Winners and losers from Trump’s tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 The host also made up for the family’s missed Christmas with a prize pack that included all the items in the Ellen show’s recent 12 Days of Giveaways, including a 4K television, Dyson vacuum cleaner, luggage, and gift cards. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Philly family gets $20,000 surprise after visit to 'Ellen' show," 3 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vacuum cleaner.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of vacuum cleaner

1903, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vacuum cleaner

Statistics for vacuum cleaner

Last Updated

28 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vacuum cleaner

The first known use of vacuum cleaner was in 1903

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vacuum cleaner

vacuum cleaner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vacuum cleaner

: an electrical machine that cleans floors, rugs, etc., by sucking up dirt, dust, etc.

vacuum cleaner

noun

Kids Definition of vacuum cleaner

: an electrical appliance for cleaning (as floors or rugs) by suction

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on vacuum cleaner

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with vacuum cleaner

Spanish Central: Translation of vacuum cleaner

Nglish: Translation of vacuum cleaner for Spanish Speakers

Comments on vacuum cleaner

What made you want to look up vacuum cleaner? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

using a distributed computer network

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!