One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
1940s; earliest use found in The Syracuse Herald-Journal. From permanent + press.
permanent press/ˌpəːm(ə)nənt ˈprɛs//ˌpəːmənənt ˈprɛs/
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