Doily definition

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A small mat, as of lace or paper, put under a dish, vase, or the like, as a decoration or to protect a surface.
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A small ornamental mat, usually of lace or linen.
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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.

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A small napkin.
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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.
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A small table napkin.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
doily
Plural:
doilies

Origin of doily

  • After Doily or Doyly , 18th-century London draper

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Doiley, the name of a 17th-century London draper.

    From Wiktionary