[lawn-dree, lahn-]
noun, plural laundries.
articles of clothing, linens, etc., that have been or are to be washed.
a business establishment where clothes, linens, etc., are laundered.
a room or area, as in a home or apartment building, reserved for doing the family wash.

1350–1400; Middle English lavandrie < Middle French lavanderie. See launder, -y3 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
laundry (ˈlɔːndrɪ)
n , 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
[C16: changed from C14 lavendry; see launder]

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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases


see wash one's dirty linen (laundry).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
There is a possible fortune in store for somebody who will start a laundry for
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.
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