[ lawn-dree, lahn- ]
/ ˈlɔn dri, ˈlɑn- /

noun, plural laun·dries.

articles of clothing, linens, etc., that have been or are to be washed.
a business establishment where clothes, linens, etc., are laundered.
a room or area, as in a home or apartment building, reserved for doing the family wash.

Origin of laundry

1350–1400; Middle English lavandrie < Middle French lavanderie. See launder, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for laundry

/ (ˈlɔːndrɪ) /

noun plural -dries

a place where clothes and linen are washed and ironed
the clothes or linen washed and ironed
the act of laundering

Word Origin for laundry

C16: changed from C14 lavendry; see launder
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Idioms and Phrases with laundry


see wash one's dirty linen (laundry).

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