1. a self-service laundry having coin-operated washers, driers, etc.; launderette.


  1. trademark US, Canadian and NZ a commercial establishment where clothes can be washed and dried, using coin-operated machinesAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): Launderette, laundrette

n.“automatic coin-operated public laundry,” 1946, originally (1942) a proprietary name by Westinghouse for a type of automatic washing machine; from laundry + ending probably suggested by automat. Also used for public clothes-washing places in U.S. were washateria (1935), laundrette (1945). The Westinghouse machine was popular after the war and was available with coin chutes and timers.

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