laundry

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English lavendrye, from Old French lavanderie, from Latin lavandaria. See launder.

 
Laundry (clothes in the process of being laundered) hanging on a clothesline to dry.
 
A laundry (room where laundering is done).

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laundry (countable and uncountable, plural laundries)

  1. A laundering; a washing.
  2. A place or room where laundering is done - including, by extension, other forms of laundering than clothes washing.
    • 1883, Winser, Henry J., The Yellowstone National Park-A Manual for Tourists[1], New York: G.P. Putnam Sons, page 46:
      Old Faithful is sometimes degraded by being made a laundry. Garments placed in the crater during quiescence are ejected thoroughly washed when the eruption takes place.
  3. That which needs to be, is being, or has been laundered. [from c. 1930]
    You've left your dirty laundry all over the house.
    • 1935, New York Court of Appeals. Records and Briefs., page 69:
      Q. Did you use to do the washing around your house, too? / The Court: She did all the work of the house, I suppose. / Mr. Feltenstein: That's what I want to find out. / A. I gave the laundry to the laundry. / Q. What? / A. I gave the wash to the laundry.

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ReferencesEdit

  • laundry in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • laundry at OneLook Dictionary Search