wash·​er·​wom·​an ˈwȯ-shər-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce washerwoman (audio)
: a woman whose occupation is washing clothes : laundress

Examples of washerwoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Michael Louis Cusimano — who gallantly stepped into the show, unrehearsed, just days before opening night after an actor was injured — plays the doomed heir Charles Baskerville and his heir, American cowboy Henry Baskerville, as well as a washerwoman, police inspector, tobacco salesman and more. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2022 The movie follows Walker, played by Octavia Spencer, from a balding, struggling washerwoman who was knocked down by racial and gender biases to her rise as an astute businesswoman and fierce activist with fabulous hair and a thriving company. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2023 Cole was born Ernest Levi Tsoloane Kole in the freehold township of Eersterust, on the outskirts of Pretoria, to a father who worked as a tailor and a mother who was a washerwoman. M. Z. Adnan, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2022 Not some fed up Thuringian washerwoman hocking loogies at the parish priest, but an individual who has been so gripped by an enfolding ideology that the boundary between possessor and possessed is erased. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 My mother was a washerwoman, and my father was a construction painter. Beatriz Miranda, refinery29.com, 19 Apr. 2022 The live model for the washerwoman and the standing woman was Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, a writer and teacher who is one of Leigh’s closest friends. The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Her mother, Rosária Maria da Conceição, was a washerwoman; her father, Avelino Gomes, was a bricklayer who played guitar and liked samba music. Michael Astor, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 The elder Walker toiled away as a washerwoman, determined not to let her daughter suffer the same cruelties of her impoverished childhood. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of washerwoman was in 1632

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“Washerwoman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washerwoman. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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wash·​er·​wom·​an ˈwȯsh-ər-ˌwu̇m-ən How to pronounce washerwoman (audio)
: a woman who takes in washing
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