from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A protective table mat for a single setting of dishes and flatware.
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- n. A protective table mat, usually heat-resistant, for a single setting of plates and dishes.
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- n. a mat serving as table linen for an individual place setting
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Siv set out a tray, put a nice place mat on it, got a new napkin from the cupboard -- she wanted the old woman to enjoy her first meal after the high fever she had had.