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[lawn-dree, lahn-] /ˈlɔn dri, ˈlɑn-/

noun, plural laundries.
articles of clothing, linens, etc., that have been or are to be washed.
a business establishment where clothes, linens, etc., are .
a room or area, as in a home or apartment building, reserved for doing the family wash.
noun (pl) -dries
a place where clothes and linen are washed and ironed
the clothes or linen washed and ironed
the act of laundering

late 14c., “place for washing;” mid-15c. “act of washing,” from Old French lavanderie, from Latin lavandaria, plural of lavandarium “things to be washed,” from lavare “to wash” (see lave). As a verb, from 1880. Laundry list in figurative sense is from 1958.


Related Terms

hang out the laundry

[second sense from the fact that some cadets were washed out, ”failed,” by such a board]
see: wash one’s dirty linen (laundry)


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  • Laundry-list

    noun, Informal. 1. a lengthy, especially random list of items: a laundry list of hoped-for presents; a laundry list of someone’s crimes. noun 1. (US & Canadian) a list of items perceived as being long: a laundry list of complaints noun phrase A long bill of items to be obtained, discussed, done, or not done: […]

  • Laundry room

    noun a room where clothes are washed and dried, usu. with large appliances Examples We have a great laundry room, well-designed, organized, and in the perfect location. Word Origin 1967

  • Laundryman

    [lawn-dree-man, lahn-] /ˈlɔn driˌmæn, ˈlɑn-/ noun, plural laundrymen. 1. a person who works in or operates a . 2. a person who collects and delivers . /ˈlɔːndrɪmən/ noun (pl) -men 1. a man who collects or delivers laundry 2. a man who works in a laundry

  • Laundry-woman

    [lawn-dree-woo m-uh n, lahn-] /ˈlɔn driˌwʊm ən, ˈlɑn-/ noun, plural laundrywomen. 1. . 2. a who works in or operates a . 3. a who collects and delivers . /ˈlɔːndrɪwʊmən/ noun (pl) -women 1. a woman who collects or delivers laundry 2. a woman who works in a laundry

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