Definition of Laundromat in US English:


(also laundromat)


North American
trademark in US
  • An establishment with coin-operated washing machines and dryers for public use.

    • ‘The coin mechanism was a slide device similar to the type found today on a washing machine in many Laundromats or on old pinball machines.’
    • ‘You do not get extra points for meeting someone in a bar or while waiting for dry socks at the Laundromat.’
    • ‘I was walking through Chelsea last night when, lo and behold, I see a laundromat.’
    • ‘So, the Laundromats have showers where many people have to come to take a shower.’
    • ‘I was walking to the laundromat today when I met an acquaintance, Paulos, on the road.’
    • ‘There was a note on the table that read: Hey Kate, I'm at the Laundromat.’
    • ‘But it turns out there's a laundromat only 2 doors down me and it's on the same side of the street!’
    • ‘The next morning was spent at the laundromat drying all of our wet clothes.’
    • ‘At a Laundromat, she runs into a very published and famous poet, a white man.’
    • ‘We loaded the camping gear and drove in search of a laundromat.’
    • ‘I wrote in secret, on lined yellow pads, in pencil, in a Laundromat, where I felt no one was watching.’
    • ‘The laundromat will remain closed indefinitely.’
    • ‘She worked 45 years in a laundromat, making minimum wage, and still managed to send her kids to parochial school.’
    • ‘We have non-chain coffee shops and laundromats whose patrons are a fascinating mix of social strata!’
    • ‘Why is a Laundromat a really bad place to pick up a woman?’
    • ‘2 weeks on the road can be a little challenging - especially since I've seen no laundromats in Shanghai.’
    • ‘It is stated that they operate out of bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors and yes, Laundromats.’
    • ‘When I lived on Pine Street, I had to cross the canal to get to the laundromat, the good restaurants, the happening bars, and my friends' houses.’
    • ‘Later we see him at a laundromat, washing his costume and reading a stack of books.’
    • ‘How could this service be a threat to the viability of a large Laundromat in an area over 5km away from our estate and not on a direct bus route?’
    • ‘And I'll still have to walk 5 blocks to the laundromat.’
    • ‘Here at last is a superhero who not only washes his costume at a cruddy coin-op Laundromat, but has his socks ruined when the red and blue colors of his costume run.’
    • ‘He had a run in with some Russians at a laundromat in Brooklyn not too long ago, and he's been two bricks shy of a load ever since.’
    • ‘These intervention programs make use of lay leadership in churches, schools, beauty salons, barbershops, tattoo and body piercing salons, and laundromats.’
    • ‘The problem is places where there's a captive audience and no one is available to respond to requests, like the Laundromat or the airport.’
    • ‘There was a Laundromat about twenty minutes away.’
    • ‘They lug their dirty laundry to the neighborhood Laundromat, lug their groceries home and then lug the bags of garbage to the curb.’
    • ‘The washer and dryer on every floor is nice - I don't have to drive to a Laundromat.’
    • ‘I did laundry at the laundromat (towels just don't come out nice unless they get fluffed up in the dryer) and vacuumed and verified the contents of Edmond's next resupply box.’
    • ‘She was stuffing all her clothes in a washing machine at a Laundromat they'd discovered that was about a five minute cab ride from the hotel.’
    • ‘It would take me a week to save up change to go to a Laundromat.’
    • ‘We asked a couple of cops where we could find a Laundromat.’
    • ‘In cities, you can pay people to do laundry for you instead of going to the laundromat.’
    • ‘I passed by a Laundromat, and thank god; I saw her inside talking to some shaggy-looking guy wearing this huge black coat.’
    • ‘Utterly nondescript, but it's been a grocery store, an auto dealership, an office building, and a laundromat.’
    • ‘I'm gathering my (copious amounts of) laundry and headed to the laundromat.’
    • ‘It was time for a rest, so while Jack rested, I took some dirty laundry and headed to the closest Laundromat.’
    • ‘You know, I thought Laundromats were boring!’
    • ‘Steve and I would always stop in a little laundromat that had a coffee machine that dispensed really good hot chocolate and we'd each have one.’
    • ‘A particularly hated weekend chore involved the counting and rolling of all the change taken from the machines at the three laundromats he owned.’
    washroom, laundry room, launderette, dry cleaner's, public wash house, chinese laundry
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1940s (originally US, as the proprietary name of a washing machine): blend of launder and automatic.