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- a small piece of cloth or paper, usually square, used while eating for protecting the clothes and wiping the fingers or lips
- any small cloth, towel, etc.; esp.,
- Brit. a diaper
- Brit., Dialectal a handkerchief
- Scot. a kerchief or neckerchief
- sanitary napkin
Origin: Middle English nappekyn, diminutive from Old French nappe, cloth, tablecloth from Classical Latin mappa: see map
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- A piece of cloth or absorbent paper used at table to protect the clothes or wipe the lips and fingers.
- A cloth or towel.
- A sanitary napkin.
- Chiefly British A diaper.
Origin: Middle English : Old French nape, nappe, tablecloth; see nappe + -kin, -kin.