• (GA) IPA: /ˈkli.nɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkliː.nə/

cleaner (plural cleaners)

  1. A person whose occupation is to clean floors, windows and other things.
  2. A device that cleans, such as the vacuum cleaner.
  3. A substance used for cleaning, a cleaning agent.
  4. (in the plural) A professional laundry or dry cleaner business. This form is now interpreted as plural and usually spelled without an apostrophe, even in official usage, to justify the removal of the apostrophe. It was traditionally spelled cleaner's with an apostrophe because this is grammatically correct, as can be seen with forms such as go to the doctor's, which cannot be reinterpreted as plural.
    I'll have to take this shirt to the cleaners.
Related terms Translations
  • French: nettoyeur
  • German: Reinigungskraft, Gebäudereiniger (building), Gebäudereinigerin
  • Portuguese: limpador
  • Russian: убо́рщик
  • Spanish: limpiador
Translations Translations
  • French: nettoyant
  • German: Reiniger
  • Russian: очисти́тель
Translations Adjective
  1. comparative form of clean

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