Definition of Napkin

1. Noun. A small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing.

Exact synonyms: Serviette, Table Napkin
Specialized synonyms: Bib, Dinner Napkin, Tea Napkin
Generic synonyms: Napery, Table Linen



2. Noun. Garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement.
Exact synonyms: Diaper, Nappy
Generic synonyms: Garment

Definition of Napkin

1. n. A little towel, or small cloth, esp. one for wiping the fingers and mouth at table.

Definition of Napkin

1. Noun. A serviette; a (usually rectangular) piece of cloth or paper used at the table for wiping the mouth and hands for cleanliness while eating. ¹

2. Noun. (British obsolete) A nappy (UK), a diaper (American). ¹

3. Noun. A small scarf worn on the head by Christian woman when entering a Roman Catholic church, as a token of modesty. ¹

4. Noun. A sanitary napkin. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Napkin

1. a piece of material used to wipe the hands and mouth [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Napkin

naphthylamides
naphthylamine
naphthylamines
naphthylpiperazine
naphthyls
naphthylthiourea
naphthylvinylpyridine
naphthyridine
naphthyridines
naphtol
naphtols
napier
napier's rods
napiform
naping
napkin (current term)
napkin rash
napkin ring
napkined
napkinless
napkinned
napkins
napless
napoleons
napoo
napooed
napooing
napoos
nappa
nappas

Literary usage of Napkin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Text-book of Cooking by Carlotta Cherryholmes Greer (1915)
"The napkin. — When the napkin is placed on the lap, it need not be spread ... A guest who is to be present at consecutive meals should fold his napkin after ..."

2. Pilgrimage in Europe and America, Leading to the Discovery of the Sources of by Giacomo Costantino Beltrami (1828)
"It is important to observe that the napkin, which wrapped the head of St John, may serve to determine a serious dispute among historians and painters, ..."

3. Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities by Shearjashub Spooner (1865)
"MURILLO'S " VIRGIN OF THE napkin." The small picture which once adorned the ... Never mind," said the ready cook, " take this napkin," offering him that ..."

4. The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normandy by Ordericus Vitalis, Guizot (François), Léopold Delisle (1853)
"when he was commanded to trade with the money entrusted to him by his master, kept the pound laid up in a napkin, is the figure of those who, although they ..."

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