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napkin

noun nap·kin \ˈnap-kən\

: a small piece of cloth or paper used during a meal to clean your lips and fingers and to protect your clothes

Full Definition of NAPKIN

1
:  a piece of material (as cloth or paper) used at table to wipe the lips or fingers and protect the clothes
2
:  a small cloth or towel: as
a dial British :  handkerchief
b chiefly Scottish :  kerchief
c chiefly British :  diaper 3
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Origin of NAPKIN

Middle English nappekin, from nape tablecloth, from Anglo-French, from Latin mappa napkin
First Known Use: 14th century
NAPKIN Defined for Kids

napkin

noun nap·kin \ˈnap-kən\

Definition of NAPKIN for Kids

:  a small piece of cloth or paper used when eating to wipe the lips or fingers and protect the clothes
Medical Dictionary

napkin

noun nap·kin \ˈnap-kən\

Medical Definition of NAPKIN

1
chiefly British :  diaper

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