vacuum cleaner


: a household appliance for cleaning floors, carpets, upholstery, etc. by suction

called also vacuum sweeper

Examples of vacuum cleaner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keep scrolling to check out even more vacuum cleaners that are on sale at Amazon ahead of Black Friday. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 Everything from changing the sheets to carrying a vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs burns calories and works muscles. Hannah Holland, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Under the Sleep tab in the app’s library, there’s everything from white and pink noise, to a vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, and evening crickets. Rachael Hogg, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Oct. 2023 Amazon has slashed prices on cleaning gadgets like vacuum cleaners and comfortable bedding, but sorting through all those pages of sales can become overwhelming. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 9 Oct. 2023 Shop deals on vacuum cleaners, sheet sets, area rugs, and even candles up to 68 percent off. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2023 Shark’s upright vacuum cleaner will come through for all your pet fur and dust bunny needs. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 11 Oct. 2023 Anker’s Eufy division has a new robot vacuum cleaner with more powerful suction than its other offerings, and which can automatically detangle hair and pet fur from its bottom roller brush. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 26 Sep. 2023 Anyone who’s used a Dyson vacuum cleaner knows all too well the power that comes with the device — as well as the steep price. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vacuum cleaner was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Vacuum cleaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

vacuum cleaner

: an electrical appliance for cleaning (as floors or rugs) by suction

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