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[lawn-dris, lahn-] /ˈlɔn drɪs, ˈlɑn-/
a woman whose work is the washing and ironing of clothes, linens, etc.
Origin of laundress
1540-50; obsolete launder launderer (see launder) + -ess
Related forms
underlaundress, noun
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for laundress
  • She has a colored laundress whom she thinks of as a friend.
  • She hauled water to the laundress where a fire was roaring and spitting and clothes were bubbling in a big iron pot.
  • She worked as a domestic servant, laundress, and later sold hair-care products door to door.
  • Sixteen total staff included one janitor, three maids and a laundress.
  • She became a laundress in the camp and found official papers from inside an officer's coat.
  • Fires are built in their camps and also for interpretive programs such as blacksmithing and laundress demonstrations.
British Dictionary definitions for laundress


a woman who launders clothes, sheets, etc, for a living
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Word Origin and History for laundress

1540s; see laundry + -ess.

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