doily

noun doi·ly \ ˈdȯi-lē \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of doily

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

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Origin and Etymology of doily

Doily or Doyley flourished1711 London draper


DOILY Defined for English Language Learners

doily

noun

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

noun doi·ly \ ˈdȯi-lē \

Definition of doily for Students

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


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