Definition of permanent press in English:

permanent press

noun

  • A finish given to a fabric or garment to enable it to retain its creases, pleating, shape, smoothness, etc.; the process which produces this finish. Frequently attributive, designating fabrics and garments made with such a finish.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in The Syracuse Herald-Journal. From permanent + press.

Pronunciation

permanent press

/ˌpəːm(ə)nənt ˈprɛs//ˌpəːmənənt ˈprɛs/