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[wosh-uh-buh l, waw-shuh-] /ˈwɒʃ ə bəl, ˈwɔ ʃə-/
capable of being washed without shrinking, fading, or the like.
a washable garment.
Origin of washable
1615-25; wash + -able
Related forms
washability, noun
nonwashable, adjective
unwashable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Covering cells in washable plastic covers could also cut down on unintended transmission.
  • washable slipcovers in lighthearted new fabrics perk up old upholstery.
  • On top of a comfortable fit and offering easy access, this active wear accessory is also water-resistant and hand washable.
  • You've probably seen that adorning the tables at a fancy restaurant, where it resists stains and is easily washable.
  • So, people had begun wearing underclothes of washable linen and wanted to decorate the cuffs and collars.
  • Of fine white washable fabric uniquely designed to complement any furniture style.
  • The fabric as wonderful as the dress crisp, cool washable cotton and rayon.
  • Our bright nylon-polyester- rayon pile rug has a non- skid back and is machine washable.
  • The shirt is washable, despite all the tech it packs.
  • They're machine-washable, an important factor in keeping cross-contaminating meat and poultry bacteria at bay.
British Dictionary definitions for washable


(esp of fabrics or clothes) capable of being washed without deteriorating
Derived Forms
washability, noun
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Word Origin and History for washable

1620s, from wash (v.) + -able. Related: Washables (n.), 1892.

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