washerwoman

noun
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

Examples of washerwoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 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 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 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

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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 30 Mar. 2020.

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washerwoman

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English Language Learners Definition of washerwoman

old-fashioned : a woman whose job is washing clothes

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