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[lawn-dris, lahn-] /ˈlɔn drɪs, ˈlɑn-/
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 forms
underlaundress, noun
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
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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
  • He was to set me up as a laundress, and work himself at his trade of a hatter.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • At length, at the end of a full half hour, the laundress took her leave.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Before commencing, he gave the laundress a look full of confident tenderness.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • She took the laundress in her big arms and squeezed her tight.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The laundress followed them in silence and feeling rather dazed.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • "Listen, mamma's wrong," said he to the laundress in a voice that was scarcely audible.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • But on beholding the laundress' besotted face, she tremblingly drew back.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The laundress had her wrist injured; the old workman was knocked against the table.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • I don't even have a son any more; that laundress has taken him from me.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for laundress


a woman who launders clothes, sheets, etc, for a living
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for laundress

1540s; see laundry + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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