verb (used with object)
- to disguise the source of (illegal or secret funds or profits), usually by transmittal through a foreign bank or a complex network of intermediaries.
- to disguise the true nature of (a transaction, operation, or the like) by routing money or goods through one or more intermediaries.
verb (used without object)
Origin of launder
Related Words for unlaundereddusty, murky, muddy, disheveled, crummy, unkempt, grimy, messy, nasty, sloppy, filthy, greasy, polluted, contaminated, spotted, foul, black, defiled, bedraggled, sullied
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Historical Examples of unlaundered
Her return soon brought its own explanation, however, for upon her old head she bore a huge bundle of unlaundered clothing.Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales
Ruth McEnery Stuart
In the days of Spion Kop the Boer was an unlaundered savage, fit only to be a target for pig-stickers.The Open Secret of Ireland
T. M. Kettle
His Byronic collar was soft and untidy, and his shirt was unlaundered, but his clothes were scrupulously clean.Stevensoniana
You can get for thirty-nine cents an unlaundered white shirt which is excellent.
Word Origin for launder
1660s, "to wash linen," from noun launder "one who washes" (especially linen), mid-15c., a contraction of lavender, from Old French lavandier "washer, launderer," from Medieval Latin lavandaria "a washer," ultimately from Latin lavare "to wash" (see lave). Criminal banking sense first recorded 1961, from notion of making dirty money seem clean; brought to widespread use during U.S. Watergate scandal, 1973. Related: Laundered; laundering.