[ klohz-lahyn, klohthz- ]
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  1. a strong, narrow rope, cord, wire, etc., usually stretched between two poles, posts, or buildings, on which clean laundry is hung to dry.

Origin of clothesline

First recorded in 1820–30; clothes + line1

Words Nearby clothesline Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clothesline in a sentence

  • Taking the scissors from Violet's workbag, she cut the laundry bag carefully into two pieces, saving the cord for a clothesline.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • A small box is fastened to one post, to provide a place for the clothesline and the clothespins.

  • She thinks she recognizes that quilt—she missed one off her clothesline several nights ago.

    The Castaways of Pete's Patch | Carroll Watson Rankin
  • She's grow on som' clothesline jus' biffore de back part of dose house of madame hon Lakeveele.

    The Castaways of Pete's Patch | Carroll Watson Rankin
  • Little Jim meanwhile amused himself by trying to rope the family cat with a piece of clothesline.

    Partners of Chance | Henry Herbert Knibbs

British Dictionary definitions for clothesline


/ (ˈkləʊðzˌlaɪn) /

  1. a piece of rope, cord, or wire on which clean washing is hung to dry or air

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