Napkin definition

năpkĭn
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A piece of cloth or absorbent paper used at table to protect the clothes or wipe the lips and fingers.
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A cloth or towel.
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(chiefly british) A diaper.
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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.
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A sanitary napkin.
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Any small cloth, towel, etc.
  • (brit.) A diaper.
  • (brit., dial.) A handkerchief.
  • (scot.) A kerchief or neckerchief.
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A serviette; a (usually rectangular) piece of cloth or paper used at the table for wiping the mouth and hands for cleanliness while eating.
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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.
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A sanitary napkin.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
napkin
Plural:
napkins

Origin of napkin

  • Middle English Old French nape, nappe tablecloth nappe -kin -kin

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

  • From Middle English napkyn, equivalent to nape (“cloth") +"Ž -kin.

    From Wiktionary