napkin

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noun nap·kin \ˈnap-kən\

Definition of napkin

  1. 1 :  a piece of material (such as cloth or paper) used at table to wipe the lips or fingers and protect the clothes

  2. 2 :  a small cloth or towel: such asa dialectal British :  handkerchiefb chiefly Scotland :  kerchiefc chiefly British :  diaper 3

  3. 3 :  sanitary napkin

Origin and Etymology of napkin

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


First Known Use: 14th century


NAPKIN Defined for English Language Learners

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noun nap·kin \ˈnap-kən\

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

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noun nap·kin \ˈnap-kən\

Definition of napkin for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

napkin

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noun nap·kin \ˈnap-kən\

Medical Definition of napkin

  1. 1chiefly British :  diaper

  2. 2:  sanitary napkin


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