Definition of doily
1 : a small napkin
2 : a small often decorative mat
Recent Examples of doily from the Web
My husband confessed that his inheritance of Greek doilies and paintings of fishing boats from his grandmother did not spark joy.
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Origin and Etymology of doily
Doily or Doyley flourished1711 London draper
First Known Use: 1711
DOILY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of doily for Students
: a small often lacy cloth or paper used to protect the surface of furniture
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