Laundry Laun"dry, n.; pl. {Laundries}. [OE. lavendrie, OF. lavanderie. See {Launder}.] 1. A laundering; a washing. [1913 Webster]

2. A place or room where laundering is done; a laundry room. [1913 Webster]

3. A business establishment where clothing is laundered for a fee. [PJC]

4. A collection of items such as articles of clothing or bed linens that need to be laundered, or have just been laundered; as, put the dirty laundry in the basket and take it downstairs; hang the laundry out to dry. [PJC]

{coin laundry} A business establishment with washing and drying machines operated by coins, where items such as articles of clothing may be laundered and dried by the customer. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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