napkin

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English napkyn, equivalent to nape (cloth) +‎ -kin.

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Noun[edit]

napkin (plural napkins)

  1. A serviette; a (usually rectangular) piece of cloth or paper used at the table for wiping the mouth and hands for cleanliness while eating.
  2. (UK, obsolete) A nappy (UK), a diaper (American).
  3. A small scarf worn on the head by Christian woman when entering a Roman Catholic church, as a token of modesty.
  4. A sanitary napkin.

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