[lawn-dree, lahn-]

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. 2019

Related Words for laundry

washing, wash

Examples from the Web for laundry

Contemporary Examples of laundry

Historical Examples of laundry

  • I suppose you've been sending things to the laundry, and—what do you do about your stockings?


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • They were taught gratis, and every week they helped with the laundry for the convent.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • There had been a strike of laundry girls which for a week was the talk of the town.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Starch is made from it both for the laundry and for the manufacture of farina, dextrin, etc.


    Benjamin Taylor

  • The only beauty about the house is in the laundry and gardens.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete

    Madame La Marquise De Montespan

British Dictionary definitions for laundry


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
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 laundry

late 14c., "place for washing;" mid-15c. "act of washing," from Old French lavanderie, from Latin lavandaria, plural of lavandarium "things to be washed," from lavare "to wash" (see lave). As a verb, from 1880. Laundry list in figurative sense is from 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with laundry


see wash one's dirty linen (laundry).

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