napkin

noun
nap·​kin | \ ˈnap-kən How to pronounce napkin (audio) \

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 sense 3

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And somebody in that nexus scribbled it down on a napkin. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump and Shark Week: 'He made me sit and watch'," 26 Mar. 2018 First went the cloth napkins, flung aside in favor of paper towels. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "You Probably Don’t Own Enough Towels, According to an Expert," 22 Feb. 2019 There are plenty of adorable pillows in her new lineup, as well as curtains, napkins, tea towels, and even an apron. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines's Easter Collection Drops in 4 Days and We Already Know What We're Buying," 20 Feb. 2019 Pails can also be a great way to contain festively colored paper straws, silverware, napkins, candy or nuts on a buffet table. Bonnie Mccarthy, latimes.com, "Yankee Doodle decorating: Festive Fourth of July tablescapes," 29 June 2018 Paper napkins, grab-and-go stations with sandwiches, chips and other snacks to eat upstairs in the stands and a few flat-screen TVs around the club are a tad anachronistic to that motif. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs' 1914 Club at Wrigley Field is a windowless hideaway at new-car prices," 11 Apr. 2018 Rob left for a few moments to find a tissue, a napkin, anything to help his new fiancée. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Stephanie Yeager and Robert Fratoni," 19 Mar. 2018 The edge conceals a steel drawer roomy enough for napkins, placemats, candles, or any other miscellaneous eating accoutrements that need to be handy. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "11 Double-Duty Furniture Pieces for Small Spaces," 22 Jan. 2018 Her work has been a mainstay in gift shops for decades, printed on magnets, coasters, and cocktail napkins. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of napkin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for napkin

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

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napkin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of napkin

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

napkin

noun
nap·​kin | \ ˈnap-kən How to pronounce napkin (audio) \

Kids Definition of napkin

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

napkin

noun
nap·​kin | \ ˈnap-kən How to pronounce napkin (audio) \

Medical Definition of napkin

1 chiefly British : diaper

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