from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman employed to launder clothes or linens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman whose employment is laundering.
  • v. To act as a laundress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman whose employment is laundering.
  • intransitive v. To act as a laundress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To practise washing and ironing.
  • n. A woman whose employment is the washing and ironing of clothes; a washerwoman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a working woman who takes in washing


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  • She will identify herself as a laundress, which is her part-time profession, but from the witness stand she'll be in a position to make direct eye contact with the D.A., the judge, and the members of the jury.

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • When I was about ten our laundress was an African woman, very big, very dark, with a check handkerchief over her frizzy hair.

    Bliss, and Other Stories

  • The laundress was a long time gone, and Gilbert sat alone in the dismal little bedroom, where there had never been the smallest attempt at comfort since John Saltram had occupied it.

    Fenton's Quest

  • To halt an army for the protection and comfort of a laundress was a highly ethical action.

    Alfred Tennyson

  • Sterne has pleasantly remarked that the account book of the laundress was the most authentic record he knew, as to the life of Tristram Shandy; and that it was easy to guess from the number of shirts he wore what passages of his book had cost him most.

    The Physiology of Marriage, Part 3

  • Mama refused to ask her to do cleaning or laundry, but Suliadora found us a "laundress" named Rosetty who came to our house and did this twice a week while Mama was ill.


  • Note 24: For example: Catherine Shannahan's 1839 profit of 19s. 8d. from her work as a laundress was applied towards the account of Mathew Shannahan (1839 ledger, fol.

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  • Proudly proclaiming herself the "laundress" of the house, the 37-year-old actress and talk show host tells

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  • "The maid and the laundress are the only ones I remember at Christmas.

    The Girls at Mount Morris

  • It was her own sheer ambition and determination that transformed Lucille Le Sueur, the former laundress and chorus girl, into Joan Crawford, the embodiment of Hollywood glamour.

    Saving Crawford from 'Mommie Dearest,' and herself


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