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.
- 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
cleaners, dry cleaners
2.1A business that washes and irons clothes and linens commercially.
- 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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