table linen


Definition of table linen

: linen (such as tablecloths and napkins) for the table

Examples of table linen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One singular buck for the crème de la crème of kitchen towelry that also doubles as table linen? Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, 21 Apr. 2021 Barriere wraps standard ice cubes in a clean table linen or dish towel and uses something heavy — a skillet and a firm hand work well — to crush them on a stable surface. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 The state’s new requirements for restaurants, which can open at one-third capacity on Friday, explicitly say that the use of table linens should be discontinued. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, 20 May 2020 Donations items include clothing and shoes for men, women, children and babies; handbags, purses, backpacks, hats, gloves, scarves and belts; pillows, blankets, quilts, sheets, curtains and table linens; and hard toys, soft toys and bicycles., 20 Sep. 2019 Go over your dinnerware, silverware and table linens. oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2019 The center’s shop at 42 Woodland St. in Hartford sells the artisans’ handwoven shawls, scarves, bags, table linens, wall hangings, rugs and more. Deborah Hornblow,, 23 Oct. 2019 Cabana x Carolina Herrera features glassware, plateware, table linens, and a tea set. Vogue, 16 Sep. 2019 Jane Scott Hodges knows something about table linens. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of table linen

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of table linen was in the 15th century

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“Table linen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of table linen

: cloths (such as tablecloths and napkins) that are used during a meal


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