wash·​able | \ ˈwȯ-shə-bəl How to pronounce washable (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of washable

: capable of being washed without damage

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Other Words from washable

washability \ ˌwȯ-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce washability (audio) , ˌwä-​ \ noun

Examples of washable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Polycarbonate tubes and washable medical-​​grade silicone tips make the buds easy to clean and extend their lifespan. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Excellent earplugs for everyday situations," 3 Jan. 2020 Both are machine washable, because who has time to dry clean a dog sweater? Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Gifts for the Friend Who Travels to Disney at Least Once a Year," 17 Dec. 2019 Dog beds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, with features like a padded rim, washable cover, and orthopedic foam base in an attractive quilted design with a non-slip bottom. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Guys Who Love Dogs," 22 Nov. 2019 Monogramming is also available, and everything is machine washable or wipe-clean—which is music to any new parent’s ears. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Hill House Home Launches a Pretty Yet Practical Baby Line," 18 Nov. 2019 Nielsen used washable animal chalk to turn the horse into a colorful unicorn, and surprised Wyatt at a local park where his classmates and teacher were waiting to send him off. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "5-Year-Old Boy with Brain Cancer Gets Treated to Dream 'Unicorn Ride' Before Starting Treatment," 19 Dec. 2019 Like the Therm-a-Rest, the pack is integrated into the soft (and washable) microsuede cover. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Top 10 Travel Pillows for the Best Sleep On-the-Go," 22 Oct. 2019 Ruggable’s machine-washable rugs – which are already stain-resistant – come in a variety of colors and patterns and generally make cleanup a no-brainer. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "The Best Gifts for Any Pet Owner," 13 Dec. 2019 Over 5,000 Amazon shoppers love curling up in this one because the plush faux fur is so soft and luxurious yet lightweight and breathable (and machine-washable!). 6. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "21 things you need to buy before Thanksgiving," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of washable

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of washable was in 1821

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15 Jan 2020

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“Washable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washable. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of washable

: able to be washed without being damaged
: able to be removed by washing


wash·​able | \ ˈwȯ-shə-bəl How to pronounce washable (audio) , ˈwä- \

Kids Definition of washable

: capable of being cleansed without damage a washable jacket


wash·​able | \ ˈwȯsh-ə-bəl How to pronounce washable (audio) \

Medical Definition of washable

1 : capable of being washed without damage
2 : soluble in water washable ointment bases

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