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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The two created a musical composition, then wove the soundwaves from each instrument in the piece onto placemats, napkins, plates, table runners, and a tablecloth. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How design is being upended by the climate crisis," 9 July 2019 Infrastructure Weak Originally conceived in 1989 (on two napkins), the version of BGP used today remains largely unchanged since 1994. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Infrastructure Mess Causing Countless Internet Outages," 28 June 2019 Loaded fries brought out the napkins - the messy, creamy, cheesy drizzle topping the fries that somehow stayed fairly crisp. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Good Company finds niche with well-made, affordable sandwiches," 20 June 2019 Wartime rationing brought on measures like no extra toilet paper in the bathrooms, smaller napkins, no more free coffee refills, and Meatless Mondays. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Plaza's 10 Juiciest Secrets Revealed," 7 June 2019 In addition, food and drink vendors would be allowed to dispense cutlery, napkins, condiments and lids only on request or through self-serve stations. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "San Francisco to consider outlawing plastic straws, stirrers," 24 July 2018 Party City offers Galentine’s Day supplies such as banners, balloons and cocktail napkins. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "‘Nobody Likes Valentine’s Day Anymore.’ Retailers, Florists Cash In on ‘Galentine’s Day,’ a Ladies-Only Spin," 9 Feb. 2019 The perfect logo is there, not just on the building’s façade but now imprinted on charming disposable cloth cocktail napkins that tear off a roll. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 Instead, there are linen napkins, dark wood polished surfaces and a sit down, full-service experience. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Dallas eatery elevates Kansas City-style 'cue," 5 Apr. 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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