from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small ornamental mat, usually of lace or linen.
- n. A small table napkin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small ornamental piece of lace or linen or paper used to protect a surface from scratches by hard objects such as vases or bowls; or to decorate a plate of food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of woolen stuff.
- n. A small napkin, used at table with the fruit, etc.; -- commonly colored and fringed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old kind of woolen stuff. Also used attributively.
- n. A small ornamental napkin, often in colors, fringed and embroidered, and brought on the dinner-table on a dessert-plate, with the finger-bowl, etc., arranged upon it: also used for many similar purposes.
- n. Also spelled doyley.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small round piece of linen placed under a dish or bowl
A small round doily is pasted down, and roses are cut from a seed catalog.
Then, the doily is folded on each side, making it look like a lace holder.
A paper doily is added to the square cake on the right.
The brandy, not the 400 post commemorative doily, that is.
Paul, a doily is a piece of fabric, often chocheted, or embroidered linen, which sits a on table, sideboards or similar.
It looked like a doily, which is okay for my Grandpa's armchair, but really not okay for an Academy Awards dress.
Gwen maintains that "doily" is perfectly legitimate.
We mainly attend the base chapel now, where only one woman, an older lady from the Phillippines, wears a cover, a round lace "doily".
JB gives us our own little doily clad haven, and in come the men.
My great-great-grandmother Maud Riordan Florian McNulty completely botched a plot to assassinate Queen Victoria by slipping rat poison into her lime shandy when she attended a doily exhibition in Killarney in 1867.