[lawn-dris, lahn-]
a woman whose work is the washing and ironing of clothes, linens, etc.

1540–50; obsolete launder launderer (see launder) + -ess

underlaundress, noun

See -ess. Unabridged
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laundress (ˈlɔːndrɪs)
a woman who launders clothes, sheets, etc, for a living

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Example sentences
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.
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