napkin

noun
nap·​kin | \ ˈnap-kən \

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 list of product categories that entrepreneurs are trying to give the Warby Parker treatment is enormous: bras, sofas, napkins, and razors. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Startup Stampede to Warby Parker Everything," 4 May 2018 To help give your sad sack lunch an indoor picnic flair, swap out your paper napkins for ones of cloth. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Sad Sack No More: Chic Portable Wares for a Better Packed Lunch," 24 Aug. 2018 Asbestos was crucial to ancient Greek society, where the stuff was used within pottery, napkins, insulation, clothing, and even symbolic eternal flames within temples dedicated to Greek gods, which would burn slowly on asbestos wicks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018 His game is a gift for the coach dreaming up wild new plays on the back of a napkin, the executive looking for ways to elevate a patchwork roster, and the fan anxious to see how their favorite team comes together. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The LeBron James Experiment: Considering NBA Free Agency Scenarios for The King," 27 June 2018 The argument didn't end there, and as the yelling continued in full view of other customers, Anderson reportedly started throwing some napkins and, at one point, picked up a chair to do some more damage in the lobby before storming out the door. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fight that was caught on video at Waukesha Burger King results in disorderly conduct charge against local woman," 15 June 2018 Iron your napkins and lay them out on a clean surface. 2. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "DIY The Holidays: Painted Napkins," 11 Dec. 2014 Dip your stamp into blue fabric paint, then press it into your napkins. Tori Spelling, Redbook, "The Independence Day Trick That'll Wow Guests," 28 June 2013 Once the last guest is gone, resist the urge to crawl into bed and give your kitchen at least a little love: Toss lingering napkins and disposable servingware, wrap up any leftovers, and bring wine or cocktail glasses to the sink. Vogue, "Kitchen Confidential: 4 Tricks to Make Your Post-Party Cleanup a Breeze," 16 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of napkin

1 chiefly British : diaper

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