napkin


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Napkin \Nap"kin\, n. [Dim. of OF. nape a tablecloth, cloth, F.
   nappe, L. mappa. See Napery.]
   1. A little towel, made of cloth or paper, esp. one for
      wiping the fingers and mouth at table.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. A handkerchief. [Obs.] --Shak.
      [1913 Webster]

   Napkin pattern. See Linen scroll, under Linen. --
      Napkin ring, a ring of metal, ivory, or other material,
      used to inclose a table napkin.

   paper napkin, a napkin made of paper, intended to be
      disposed of after use.
      [1913 Webster +PJC]
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