permanent press


noun

a process in which a fabric is chemically treated to make it wrinkle-resistant so as to require little or no ironing after washing.
the condition of a fabric so treated.

Origin of permanent press

First recorded in 1960–65
Related formsper·manent-press, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for permanent press

permanent press

noun

  1. a chemical treatment for clothing that makes the fabric crease-resistant and sometimes provides a garment with a permanent crease or pleats
  2. (as modifier)permanent-press skirts
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