napkin

noun nap·kin \ ˈnap-kən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of napkin

1 : a piece of material (such as cloth or paper) used at table to wipe the lips or fingers and protect the clothes
2 : a small cloth or towel: such as
a dialectal British : handkerchief
b chiefly Scotland : kerchief
c chiefly British : diaper 3

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Origin and Etymology of napkin

Middle English nappekin, from nape tablecloth, from Anglo-French, from Latin mappa napkin


NAPKIN Defined for English Language Learners

napkin

noun

Definition of napkin for English Language Learners

  • : a small piece of cloth or paper used during a meal to clean your lips and fingers and to protect your clothes


NAPKIN Defined for Kids

napkin

noun nap·kin \ ˈnap-kən \

Definition of napkin for Students

: a small piece of cloth or paper used when eating to wipe the lips or fingers and protect the clothes

Medical Dictionary

napkin

noun nap·kin \ ˈnap-kən \

medical Definition of napkin

1 chiefly British : diaper

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