[ klee-ner ]
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  1. a person who cleans, especially one whose regular occupation is cleaning offices, buildings, equipment, etc.

  2. an apparatus or machine for cleaning, as a vacuum cleaner.

  1. a preparation for use in cleaning, as a detergent or chemical bleach.

  2. the owner or operator of a dry-cleaning establishment: The cleaner said he couldn't get the spot off my coat.

  3. Usually cleaners. a dry-cleaning establishment: My suit is at the cleaners.

Idioms about cleaner

  1. take to the cleaners, Slang. to cause to lose all or a great deal of one's money or personal property, as through gambling or a bad investment: He got taken to the cleaners in the poker game last night.

Origin of cleaner

First recorded in 1425–75, cleaner is from the late Middle English word clener.See clean, -er1

Other words from cleaner

  • pre·clean·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cleaner in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cleaner


/ (ˈkliːnə) /

  1. a person, device, chemical agent, etc, that removes dirt, as from clothes or carpets

  2. (usually plural) a shop, etc that provides a dry-cleaning service

  1. take a person to the cleaners informal to rob or defraud a person of all of his money

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