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A small scarf worn on the head by Christian woman when entering a Roman Catholic church, as a token of modesty.
Middle English Old French nape, nappe tablecloth nappe -kin -kin
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English napkyn, equivalent to nape (“cloth") +"Ž -kin.
In ten minutes the table was ready and a napkin spread on it.
He stood and wiped his mouth with a napkin.
Carmen grabbed a napkin and began wiping the mashed potatoes from her hand.
Carmen grabbed a napkin and began dabbing at the punch.
He slid back away from the table, grabbing a napkin to dam the tea from the edge of the table.
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