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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
First recorded in 1615-25; wash + -able
Related forms
washability, noun
nonwashable, adjective
unwashable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for washable
Historical Examples
  • Of course, variations of all kinds can be made in washable rugs.

    How to make rugs Candace Wheeler
  • If curtains are preferred, they should be of chintz, or of some washable cotton or linen.

    The Decoration of Houses Edith Wharton
  • All the walls in the building were whitewashed and washable.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • The attendant should wear a washable gown that completely covers her clothing.

    Diphtheria Public Health Service
  • To wear a washable gown (which is to be taken off on leaving the room).

    Diphtheria Public Health Service
  • Oil colour when flatted makes a nice wall, whether "stippled" or plain, and is both durable and washable.

    Principles of Decorative Design

    Christopher Dresser
  • Delivery shall take place in a room with washable walls, ceilings and doors.

    Rules and regulations governing maternity hospitals and homes ... September, 1922 California. State Board of Charities and Corrections
  • If hard usage is expected half cowhide, with sides of some kind of washable cloth, is preferable.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • The suit was washable, and hence was usually donned by men doing dirty work or in hot weather in the summer.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • For not only must they be of this washable nature, but they must be of a character to resist the influence of the heat.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
British Dictionary definitions for washable


(esp of fabrics or clothes) capable of being washed without deteriorating
Derived Forms
washability, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for washable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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