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 (lôn′drĭs, län′-)
A woman employed to launder clothes or linens. See Usage Note at -ess.


(Professions) a woman who launders clothes, sheets, etc, for a living


(ˈlɔn drɪs, ˈlɑn-)

a woman whose work is the washing and ironing of clothes, linens, etc.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laundress - a working woman who takes in washinglaundress - a working woman who takes in washing
washer - someone who washes things for a living
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[ˈlɔːndrɪs] Nlavandera f


nWaschfrau f, → Wäscherin f


(ˈloːndə) verb
to wash and iron. to launder clothes.
laund(e)rette (loːnˈdret) noun
a shop where customers may wash clothes in washing-machines.
ˈlaundress noun
a woman employed to launder.
ˈlaundryplural laundries noun
1. a place where clothes etc are washed, especially in return for payment. She took the sheets to the laundry; a hospital laundry.
2. clothes etc which have been, or are to be, washed. a bundle of laundry.
References in classic literature ?
I swear that I MUST leave this place, and go and get work as a cook or a laundress. It is impossible for me to stay here.
The shutter where Eugenie had rapped was that of a little laundress, who had been previously warned, and was not yet gone to bed.
"I do believe the laundress hasn't sent the washing yet, and all the best sheets are in use.
They made Polynesia, the parrot, housekeeper and laundress, because she was the oldest.
"And, ma'am," he continued, "the laundress tells me some of the girls have two clean tuckers in the week: it is too much; the rules limit them to one."
'Yes, I know where he is, but he won't thank me for telling you,' replied the laundress.
When I opened the shutters and looked out at the wet wild morning, all of a leaden hue; when I walked from room to room; when I sat down again shivering, before the fire, waiting for my laundress to appear; I thought how miserable I was, but hardly knew why, or how long I had been so, or on what day of the week I made the reflection, or even who I was that made it.
His mother, a buxom young Negro wench who was laundress for the d'Arnaults, concluded that her blind baby was `not right' in his head, and she was ashamed of him.
The second waiter informed me, in a whisper, that this old gentleman was a retired conveyancer living in the Square, and worth a mint of money, which it was expected he would leave to his laundress's daughter; likewise that it was rumoured that he had a service of plate in a bureau, all tarnished with lying by, though more than one spoon and a fork had never yet been beheld in his chambers by mortal vision.
Here the fragile laundress burst into tears and sobs.
A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that.
"When someone came and brought her a handkerchief from her laundress."