wash·​a·​te·​ria | \ ˌwä-shə-ˈtir-ē-ə How to pronounce washateria (audio) , ˌwȯ- \
variants: or less commonly washeteria

Definition of washateria

chiefly Southern
: a self-service laundry

Examples of washateria in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of washateria

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for washateria

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

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“Washateria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washateria. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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