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.
Thick white nuggets of crab were mounded on a doily of lettuce leaves and accompanied by a perky cocktail sauce.
Walton turned Ellie's temporary urn, a plain white box, into a mini monument covered in pink and blue lace doily, a photo and her name.
Slowly, as residents stood around him in hushed silence, the surgeon flattened out the boy’s retina, as thin and delicate as a lace doily, and used a laser to reattach it to the back of his eye.
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Origin and Etymology of doily
Doily or Doyley flourished1711 London draper
First Known Use: 1711See Words from the same year
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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