wash·​er·​wom·​an | \ ˈwȯ-shər-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce washerwoman (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of washerwoman

: a woman whose occupation is washing clothes : laundress

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For instance, the scan reveals that the first draft of the canvas included a woman with her back to the viewer, likely a nod to the artist Honoré Daumier’s paintings of washerwomen in Paris. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "High-Tech Scanning Shows Picasso’s Blue Period Evolution," 11 June 2018 He had been forced to leave school in the sixth grade to help support his single mother, who worked as a washerwoman and cleaner. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 18 Apr. 2018 Over three weeks of striking, the Washing Society expanded to include 3,000 strikers, including white laundresses (at the time, white women comprised less than 2 percent of washerwomen in Atlanta). Anne Branigin, The Root, "These Are the Women of Color Who Fought Both Sexism and the Racism of White Feminists," 15 Mar. 2018 For Sandy, the pressure to be respectable comes from Aunt Tempy, Aunt Hager’s oldest child, who avoids visiting her washerwoman mother in an effort to preserve the illusion of her middle-class upbringing. Angela Flournoy, New York Times, "How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel," 2 Jan. 2018 Boise’s hardworking washerwoman Betty finds her match in this cherub-faced artist. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "We found these famous Idahoans’ Google painting doppelgangers," 15 Jan. 2018 Clark assigned men who had been fighting the job of building the washerwoman’s lodging, effectively forcing them to work together, communicate and cooperate. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Camp River Dubois: Lewis and Clark history starts here," 30 Sep. 2017 Each morning, Watson wakes from his spot on the floor to clean the house for his washerwoman employer before taking to the streets to sell water. Washington Post, "Haiti fears deportations will mean surge of child servants," 5 June 2017 Two Residents, Five Servants When the house was completed in 1909, the house had two bedrooms for its owners, as well as staff bedrooms for chauffeur, upstairs maid, downstairs maid, butler, and washerwoman. James Tarmy, Bloomberg.com, "Live in a Piece of History at This $16 Million San Francisco Mansion," 25 July 2017

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1632, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of washerwoman

old-fashioned : a woman whose job is washing clothes

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