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Napkinn. [Dim. of OF. nape a tablecloth, cloth, F. nappe, L. mappa. See Napery.].
  •  A little towel, made of cloth or paper, esp. one for wiping the fingers and mouth at table.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A handkerchief.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
Napkin pattern. See Linen scroll, under Linen. -- Napkin ring, a ring of metal, ivory, or other material, used to inclose a table napkin. -- paper napkin, a napkin made of paper, intended to be disposed of after use.


Napkin, n.
1 (in full table napkin) a square piece of linen, paper, etc. used for wiping the lips, fingers, etc. at meals, or serving fish etc. on; a serviette.
2 Brit. a baby's nappy.
3 a small towel.

napkin-ring a ring used to hold (and distinguish) a person's table napkin when not in use.
ME f. OF nappe f. L mappa (MAP)




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