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laundry

[lawn-dree, lahn-] /ˈlɔn dri, ˈlɑn-/
noun, plural laundries.
1.
articles of clothing, linens, etc., that have been or are to be washed.
2.
a business establishment where clothes, linens, etc., are laundered.
3.
a room or area, as in a home or apartment building, reserved for doing the family wash.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English lavandrie < Middle French lavanderie. See launder, -y3
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Examples for laundry
  • There is a possible fortune in store for somebody who will start a laundry for flannels.
  • The professor of molecular biology and genetics was at home, folding laundry.
  • Around the corner from the market, a small dry-cleaning firm lets customers pay for laundry using their phones.
  • Large three bedroom two full bath being painted and cleaned located in a beautiful elevator laundry building.
  • Result, you make it a point to do laundry and run the dish washer outside the peak times.
  • On one hand, she notes, the report fails to provide any ranking for its laundry list of laudable aims.
  • laundry detergent is one household product that can be made with biodegradable ingredients.
  • Every parent needs a break from time to time-a few minutes to prepare dinner, do the laundry or quickly check e-mail.
  • Proponents of hanging laundry argue they should not be forbidden from saving on energy bills.
  • Eco-friendly laundry products are free of phosphates that can harm the environment.
British Dictionary definitions for laundry

laundry

/ˈlɔːndrɪ/
noun (pl) -dries
1.
a place where clothes and linen are washed and ironed
2.
the clothes or linen washed and ironed
3.
the act of laundering
Word Origin
C16: changed from C14 lavendry; see launder
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Word Origin and History for laundry
laundry
c.1530, from O.Fr. lavanderie, from L. lavendaria, pl. of lavandarium "things to be washed," from lavare "to wash" (see lave). Laundry list in figurative sense is from 1958.
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Slang definitions & phrases for laundry

laundry

noun
  1. A bank or other place used for legitimizing illegal or dubious money (1960s+)
  2. A board of faculty members that passes on flying cadets (WWII Air Forces)
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hang out the laundry

[second sense from the fact that some cadets were washed out, ''failed,'' by such a board]


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