Definition of laundry in English:


Line breaks: laun¦dry
Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːndri

noun (plural laundries)

  • 1 [mass noun] Clothes and linen that need to be washed or that have been newly washed: piles of dirty laundry
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    • 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.
    dirty washing, washing, wash, dirty clothes, clothes to be cleaned
    British dated bagwash
  • 1.1The action or process of washing clothes: cooking and laundry were undertaken by domestic staff
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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 linen can be washed and ironed: the pathology department was in the hospital basement, next to the laundry
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    • 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.
    washroom, laundry room, launderette, dry cleaner's, public wash house, Chinese laundry
    North American trademark laundromat
  • 2.1A company washing and ironing clothes and linen commercially: lots of people send their sheets to a laundry these days [as modifier]: a laundry van
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    • 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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