doi·​ly | \ ˈdȯi-lē How to pronounce doily (audio) \
plural doilies

Definition of doily

1 : a small napkin
2 : a small often decorative mat

Examples of doily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bermúdez-Silverman takes aspects of identity and turns them into art: transforming her family’s genetic data into colorful pie charts and embroidering vintage doilies with her own hair. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: Art and pandemic — how artists and institutions are faring," 4 Apr. 2020 Rather than a quilt or lace doily, Clarice gave Jasmine the gift of financial literacy. Leila Sinclaire, House Beautiful, "Guided by Her Grandmother, a First-Time Buyer Purchases the House Next to Her Childhood Home," 15 Jan. 2020 No frilly shower curtains, shag carpeting or doilies. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Sorry, decor mavens, but grandma was right about all the family photos," 7 Mar. 2020 Aurore leaned back in her armchair, her head against a lace doily. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, "In France, Elder Care Comes with the Mail," 9 Oct. 2019 Depending on the shade of white and silhouette, the dresses can take on a variety of interpretations, from pirate to fancy doily. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "The Biggest Trends From Paris Fashion Week 2019," 4 Oct. 2019 SAN MARCOS Antique buffs to discuss doilies The El Camino Real Questers will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Lake San Marcos clubroom, 1105 La Bonita Drive. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Group makes lap blankets to honor veterans," 9 Sep. 2019 Over in another classroom, the Waltons’ living room features a console radio in the corner and doilies galore. Andrew Herrmann,, "‘The Waltons’ fans have plenty to celebrate in this corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains," 7 Aug. 2019 And his supports were similarly humble: restaurant tip trays, scraps of wood, paper doilies, cheap frames with the price sticker still attached, bottle caps, even pistachio shells. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "In Chicago, Overlooked Achievements by L.G.B.T.Q. Artists," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of doily

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doily

Doily or Doyley flourished1711 London draper

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The first known use of doily was in 1711

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“Doily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doily

: a usually round cloth or paper that has a decorative pattern made of many small holes


doi·​ly | \ ˈdȯi-lē How to pronounce doily (audio) \
plural doilies

Kids Definition of doily

: a small often lacy cloth or paper used to protect the surface of furniture

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