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 But no matter its styling capabilities, a doily-like collar doesn’t stand a chance against winter weather. Eliza Huber,, 2 Mar. 2021 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, 4 Apr. 2020 Rather than a quilt or lace doily, Clarice gave Jasmine the gift of financial literacy. Leila Sinclaire, House Beautiful, 15 Jan. 2020 No frilly shower curtains, shag carpeting or doilies. Karina Bland, azcentral, 7 Mar. 2020 Aurore leaned back in her armchair, her head against a lace doily. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, 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, 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, 9 Sep. 2019 Over in another classroom, the Waltons’ living room features a console radio in the corner and doilies galore. Andrew Herrmann,, 7 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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“Doily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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Nglish: Translation of doily for Spanish Speakers


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