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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 He was born in 1805 to a mother who worked as a washerwoman in Odense. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Mar. 2021 As a girl, Walker helped her mother work as a washerwoman and soon joined her as a member of the Independent Order of St. Luke. Jason Zweig, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020 The limited series follows Walker 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. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2020 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, 11 June 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, 15 Mar. 2018 Boise’s hardworking washerwoman Betty finds her match in this cherub-faced artist. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, 15 Jan. 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, 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of washerwoman

1632, in the meaning defined above

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“Washerwoman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washerwoman. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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: a woman whose job is washing clothes


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