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 These decadent Simone Rocha platforms are like a gothic doily for the feet. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 29 June 2022 An old-fashioned paper doily can be used as an instant intricate stencil, and kitchen tools like a fish spatula can be employed to create modern lines. Lisa Ruland, Bon Appétit, 13 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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