Definition of laundry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɔːndri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːndri//
    (pl. laundries)
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  1. 1[uncountable] clothes, sheets, etc. that need washing, that are being washed, or that have been washed recently synonym washing a pile of clean/dirty laundry a laundry basket/room
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] the process or the job of washing clothes, sheets, etc. to do the laundry The hotel has a laundry service.
  3. 3[countable] a business or place where you send sheets, clothes, etc. to be washed the hospital laundry a laundry van
  4. Word Originearly 16th cent.: contraction of Middle English lavendry, from Old French lavanderie, from lavandier ‘person who washes linen’, based on Latin lavanda ‘things to be washed’, from lavare ‘to wash’.Extra examples Here’s a brief laundry list of what needs fixing. The hotel offers a free laundry service. The housekeeper cooks, does the laundry and cleans. There was a pile of clean laundry on her bed. Have you done the laundry yet?
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