[wosh-uh-buh l, waw-shuh-]


capable of being washed without shrinking, fading, or the like.


a washable garment.

Origin of washable

First recorded in 1615–25; wash + -able
Related formswash·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·wash·a·ble, adjectiveun·wash·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for washable

Historical Examples of washable

  • Of course, variations of all kinds can be made in washable rugs.

    How to make rugs

    Candace Wheeler

  • If curtains are preferred, they should be of chintz, or of some washable cotton or linen.

  • All the walls in the building were whitewashed and washable.

    Royal Highness

    Thomas Mann

  • The attendant should wear a washable gown that completely covers her clothing.


    Public Health Service

  • To wear a washable gown (which is to be taken off on leaving the room).


    Public Health Service

British Dictionary definitions for washable



(esp of fabrics or clothes) capable of being washed without deteriorating
Derived Formswashability, noun
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Word Origin and History for washable

1620s, from wash (v.) + -able. Related: Washables (n.), 1892.

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