A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (room for washing)
a. laundry room
El lavadero de la casa está en la planta baja.The house's laundry room is on the ground floor.
b. utility room
El lavadero de la casa nueva está junto a la cocina.The utility room at the new house is next to the kitchen.
2. (public place for washing)
a. washhouse
Las señoras se ven todos los días en el lavadero.The women see each other every day at the washhouse.
b. washing place
El lavadero adonde iba mi abuela estaba a 15 minutos de la casa.The washing place my grandmother used to go to was 15 minutes away from the house.
3. (business) (River Plate)
a. laundromat
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Cuando voy al lavadero, me llevo un libro y lo leo mientras espero a que se lave la ropa.When I go to the laundromat, I take a book with me and read it while I'm waiting for my clothes to be washed.
b. laundry
Adriana lleva su ropa al lavadero porque no tiene lavadora.Adriana takes her clothes to the laundry because she doesn't have a washing machine.
c. launderette (United Kingdom)
Sara y yo nos conocimos en un lavadero. Los dos estábamos esperando a que acabaran nuestras secadoras.Sara and I met at a launderette. We were both waiting for our dryers to finish.
4. (receptacle for washing)
a. sink
La ropa más delicada la lavo a mano en el lavadero.I hand-wash my most delicate clothes in the sink.
5. (mining)
a. washing site
Los minerales son tratados en el lavadero.Minerals are treated at the washing site.
6. (river site)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. gold-bearing sands
Tuvieron suerte de encontrar oro en el lavadero.They were lucky to find gold in the gold-bearing sands.
b. panning site
Acampamos cerca del lavadero para salir a buscar oro todos los días.We camped near the panning site to look for gold every day.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (en casa)
a. laundry room
2. (público)
a. washing place
1 (lavandería) laundry; wash house; (en río) washing place; [de casa] utility room;
2 (Latinoamérica) (Minería) gold-bearing sands in river; (in river)
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