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laundress

[lawn-dris, lahn-]
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noun
  1. 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 formsun·der·laun·dress, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for laundress

Historical Examples

  • Your laundress will report on everything, you know; so you must be impeccable.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The laundress had her wrist injured; the old workman was knocked against the table.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • She took the laundress in her big arms and squeezed her tight.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

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

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Before commencing, he gave the laundress a look full of confident tenderness.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for laundress

laundress

noun
  1. a woman who launders clothes, sheets, etc, for a living
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Word Origin and History for laundress

n.

1540s; see laundry + -ess.

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