Definition of laundry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlôndrē/

noun (plural laundries)

1Clothes and linens that need to be washed or that have been newly washed: piles of dirty laundry
More example sentences
  • Ropes stretched from one house to the next, from where hung newly washed laundry, some still dripping with rather murky water.
  • We have seen your dirty laundry hanging on the line. We know.
  • The house suddenly falls quiet again and with a deep sigh of exhaustion you turn to the piles of dirty plates and laundry that need washing.
washing, wash, dirty clothes
1.1The action or process of washing clothes and linens: I talked her into letting me help Ben with the rest of the laundry
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  • Washing dishes and doing laundry are two processes that waste a lot of water, power, and time.
  • The drying process for doing laundry at home is either hanging clothes on a clothesline or tumbling them in a gas- or electric-heated dryer.
  • The rear of the house has an open balcony for washing clothes, doing laundry, and performing other domestic chores.
2A room in a house, hotel, or institution where clothes and linens can be washed and ironed.
Example sentences
  • Some houses have a laundry or mud room located near the kitchen, so this might need to be addressed.
  • In living areas task lighting is provided by table, desk or floor lamps; in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries room fixtures such as halogen downlights should be placed over work areas.
  • Just because your new house has a separate laundry room, it doesn't mean that your old washer and dryer will fit.
laundry room, launderette
trademark Laundromat
cleaners, dry cleaners
2.1A business that washes and irons clothes and linens commercially.
Example sentences
  • The community resource centre plays a key role in the area, providing office facilities and a community laundry and ironing service.
  • A former city slicker has made a clean start by setting up a new laundry and ironing service.
  • This is done to ensure that workers and communities are protected when commercial laundries handle linens and clothes contaminated by toxic substances.


Early 16th century: contraction of Middle English lavendry, from Old French lavanderie, from lavandier 'person who washes linen' (see launder).

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Syllabification: laun·dry

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