American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A piece of cloth or absorbent paper used at table to protect the clothes or wipe the lips and fingers.
- n. A cloth or towel.
- n. A sanitary napkin.
- n. Chiefly British A diaper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A handkerchief; a kerchief of any kind.
- n. A small square piece of linen cloth, now usually damask, used at table to wipe the lips and hands and to protect the clothes.
- n. A serviette; a (usually rectangular) piece of cloth or paper used at the table for wiping the mouth and hands for cleanliness while eating.
- n. UK, obsolete A nappy (UK), a diaper (American).
- n. A small scarf worn on the head by Christian woman when entering a Roman Catholic church, as a token of modesty.
- n. A sanitary napkin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A little towel, made of cloth or paper, esp. one for wiping the fingers and mouth at table.
- n. obsolete A handkerchief.
- n. garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement
- n. a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing
- From Middle English napkyn, equivalent to nape (“cloth”) + -kin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English : Old French nape, nappe, tablecloth; see nappe + -kin, -kin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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