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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
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  • He is described by the landlord of the rooms and by his laundress as an elderly gentleman.'

  • This mother never had a servant-girl, a laundress or a dressmaker.

  • What most troubled the laundress was to decide whom to invite; she wished to have twelve persons at table, no more, no less.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • She answered at great length that she was laundress at Sunrise Camp.

  • You know he is a married man, and his wife has been my laundress for over five years.

    'Laramie;' Charles King
  • Arrayed in the garb of a laundress, she would still look the lady.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • He was to set me up as a laundress, and work himself at his trade of a hatter.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Your laundress will report on everything, you know; so you must be impeccable.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • A laundress in Point Coupée kept the linen clean; and Hugot was not near so busy with house affairs as you might suppose.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • Before commencing, he gave the laundress a look full of confident tenderness.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for laundress


a woman who launders clothes, sheets, etc, for a living
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laundress

1540s; see laundry + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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