What does cleanliness mean?

Definitions for cleanlinessˈklɛn li nɪs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cleanliness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cleanliness(noun)

    the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections

  2. cleanliness(noun)

    diligence in keeping clean


  1. cleanliness(Noun)

    the property of being cleanly, or habitually clean; good hygiene

    Cleanliness is next to godliness. (proverb)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cleanliness(noun)

    state of being cleanly; neatness of person or dress

  2. Origin: [From Cleanly.]


  1. Cleanliness

    Cleanliness is both the abstract state of being clean and free from dirt, and the process of achieving and maintaining that state. Cleanliness may be endowed with a moral quality, as indicated by the aphorism "cleanliness is next to godliness," and may be regarded as contributing to other ideals such as health and beauty. In emphasizing an ongoing procedure or set of habits for the purpose of maintenance and prevention, the concept of cleanliness differs from purity, which is a physical, moral, or ritual state of freedom from pollutants. Whereas purity is usually a quality of an individual or substance, cleanliness has a social dimension, or implies a system of interactions. "Cleanliness," observed Jacob Burckhardt, "is indispensable to our modern notion of social perfection." A household or workplace may be said to exhibit cleanliness, but not ordinarily purity; cleanliness also would be a characteristic of the people who maintain cleanness or prevent dirtying. On a practical level, cleanliness is thus related to hygiene and disease prevention. Washing is one way of achieving physical cleanliness, usually with water and often some kind of soap or detergent. Procedures of cleanliness are of utmost importance in many forms of manufacturing.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleanliness in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleanliness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Wesley:

    Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    To keep the air fresh among words is the secret of verbal cleanliness.

  3. Charles Lamb:

    Cleanliness, said some sage man, is next to godliness. It may be, but how it came to sit so near is the marvel.

  4. Adam Kushner:

    Instead of water just being there, some hospitals truck in water or collect it in rain barrels, with no guarantee of its cleanliness.

  5. Daniel Bekele:

    Kigali is often praised for its cleanliness and tidiness, but its poorest residents have been paying the price for this positive image.

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