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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]