[ lawn-druh-mat, lahn- ]
/ ˈlɔn drəˌmæt, ˈlɑn- /


a self-service laundry having coin-operated washers, driers, etc.; launderette.

Origin of laundromat

First recorded in 1940–45; formerly a trademark, originally a brand of washer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laundromat


/ (ˈlɔːndrəˌmæt) /


trademark US, Canadian and NZ a commercial establishment where clothes can be washed and dried, using coin-operated machinesAlso 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.

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