Definition of doily noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɔɪli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔɪli//
    (pl. doilies) At the dining table
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  1. 1a small circle of paper or cloth with a pattern of very small holes in it, that you put on a plate under a cake or sandwiches See related entries: At the dining table
  2. 2(North American English) a small decorative mat that you put on top of a piece of furniture
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Doiley or Doyley, the name of a 17th-cent. London draper. The word originally denoted a woollen material used for summer wear, said to have been introduced by this draper. The current sense (originally doily napkin) dates from the early 18th cent.
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