doily

noun
doi·​ly | \ ˈdȯi-lē How to pronounce doily (audio) \
plural doilies

Definition of doily

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

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Stop 5: Clam Up Checkered tablecloths and lace doilies make the dining room of La Telline feel grandma’s-house cozy. Kimberley Lovato, National Geographic, "Take a road trip through this wild, beautiful French delta," 28 Mar. 2019 The car itself looks like any regular Japanese cab—a shiny black exterior with seats sheathed in doily-like covers. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Udon, Japan’s Most Important Noodle, Is Worth Traveling For," 31 May 2019 Create this Coachella-esq light fixture with just a couple of cheap doilies. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "11 DIY Mother's Day Gifts That Will Make Her Feel All *Sparkly* Inside," 4 Apr. 2019 Bed-and-breakfasts were getting a bad rap for the doilies. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "A New Breed of Innkeepers for the Airbnb Era," 8 Nov. 2018 Other patterns derive from snow fences, doilies, smoke rings and other unlikely phenomena, sometimes photographed, manipulated and used as springboards for drawing or collaging. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Frank Stella Unbound’ Review: Leaving His Mark on Literature," 25 June 2018 Outfitted in bright purple, a big pink bow and a doily for a ruff, King Candy is a Paul Lynde type, with a limp wrist and exaggerated gestures to match. Nico Lang, Harper's BAZAAR, "Disney's Long, Complicated History with Queer Characters," 21 Mar. 2017 Likewise, each julep should be served with a napkin or small linen doily. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "How to Make a Mint Julep," 8 Mar. 2018 Likewise, each julep should be served with a napkin or small linen doily. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "How to Make a Mint Julep," 8 Mar. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of doily

: a usually round cloth or paper that has a decorative pattern made of many small holes

doily

noun
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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