- The definition of a doily is a small napkin or mat made of paper or lace that is used for decoration or to protect a surface from something sitting on it.
An example of a doily is a round paper decoration placed under a fancy layer cake in a restaurant.
A round doily.
doily definition by Webster's New World
- a small napkin
- a small mat, as of lace or paper, put under a dish, vase, or the like, as a decoration or to protect a surface
Origin: after a 17th-c. London draper named Doily or Doyley
doily definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. doi·lies
- A small ornamental mat, usually of lace or linen.
- A small table napkin.
Origin: After Doily or Doyly, 18th-century London draper.