Definition of washeteria in US English:


(also washateria)


  • another term for Laundromat
    • ‘This will happen in Fort Worth, the city that gave you Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, not to overlook the ice cream drumstick and washeteria.’
    • ‘Too tired, too busy, too lazy to pile everything into bags and heave it round the corner to the washeteria, I admit I've been living with a permanent laundry crisis for the last month.’
    • ‘Binoculars resting on a sill aren't used to peep at neighbors but to see if the door to the washeteria - the only building with running water - is open.’


1950s: from wash, on the pattern of cafeteria.