doily

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noun doi·ly \ˈdȯi-lē\

Definition of doily

plural

doilies

  1. 1 :  a small napkin

  2. 2 :  a small often decorative mat

Origin and Etymology of doily

Doily or Doyley flourished1711 London draper


First Known Use: 1711


DOILY Defined for English Language Learners

doily

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noun doi·ly \ˈdȯi-lē\

Definition of doily for English Language Learners

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


DOILY Defined for Kids

doily

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noun doi·ly \ˈdȯi-lē\

Definition of doily for Students

plural

doilies

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



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