What does the word laundress mean?

Usage examples for laundress

  1. He must give the laundress as little to wash as possible; and, in order not to wear out his clothes, he must take them off as soon as he got home, and wear only his cotton dressing- gown, which had been long and carefully saved. – Best Russian Short Stories by Various
  2. I saw our amiable laundress in the passage, on her knees, trying to open an inner door which seemed to be locked. – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins