definitions
  • synonyms

laundress

[ lawn-dris, lahn- ]
/ ˈlɔn drɪs, ˈlɑn- /
|

noun

a woman whose work is the washing and ironing of clothes, linens, etc.

Nearby words

launch vehicle, launch window, launcher, launder, launderette, laundress, laundrette, laundromat, laundry, laundry list, laundryman

Origin of laundress

1540–50; obsolete launder launderer (see launder) + -ess
Related formsun·der·laun·dress, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for laundress

British Dictionary definitions for laundress

laundress

/ (ˈlɔːndrɪs) /

noun

a woman who launders clothes, sheets, etc, for a living
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for laundress

laundress


n.

1540s; see laundry + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper