wash·​a·​te·​ria ˌwä-shə-ˈtir-ē-ə How to pronounce washateria (audio)
variants or less commonly washeteria
chiefly Southern US
: a self-service laundry

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The suspect allegedly first entered the washateria around 12:50 p.m. armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, 19 June 2019 Later that same day, the suspect traveled a few blocks down from the washateria and robbed Amaris Bakery. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, 19 June 2019

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Word History


wash entry 2 + -ateria or -eteria (as in cafeteria)

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of washateria was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Washateria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washateria. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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