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



    BrE BrE//ˈnæpkɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæpkɪn//
    At the dining table
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  1. 1(also table napkin) a piece of cloth or paper used at meals for protecting your clothes and cleaning your lips and fingers synonym serviette See related entries: At the dining table
  2. 2(North American English) = sanitary napkin
  3. 3 (British English, old-fashioned or formal) = nappy
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French nappe ‘tablecloth’ (from Latin mappa ‘sheet, napkin’) + -kin.Extra examples He tucked his napkin under his chin. She dabbed her mouth with her table napkin. napkin rings made of silver
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