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[lawn-druh-mat, lahn-] /ˈlɔn drəˌmæt, ˈlɑn-/
a self-service laundry having coin-operated washers, driers, etc.; launderette.
Origin of laundromat
1940-45; formerly a trademark, originally a brand of washer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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trademark (US & Canadian, NZ) a commercial establishment where clothes can be washed and dried, using coin-operated machines Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) Launderette, laundrette
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Word Origin and History for laundromat

"automatic coin-operated public laundry," 1946, originally (1942) a proprietary name by Westinghouse for a type of automatic washing machine; from laundry + ending probably suggested by automat. Also used for public clothes-washing places in U.S. were washateria (1935), laundrette (1945). The Westinghouse machine was popular after the war and was available with coin chutes and timers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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laundromat in Technology

jargon, storage
Synonym disk farm; see washing machine.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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