From Middle French tavaiolle, from Italian tovagliola (“napkin”), diminutive of tovaglia (“tablecloth”), from Medieval Latin duvahila, toacula, toacla (“towel”), from Frankish *þwahila (“cloth”), from Proto-Germanic *þwahilō (“wash-cloth"; literally, "something used for washing”), from Proto-Germanic *þwahaną (“to wash”). Akin to Old High German dwahila (“towel”) (German dialectal Zwehle), Dutch dwaal (“a towel”), Old English þwēan (“to wash”). More at touaille.
tavaïolle f (plural tavaïolles)
- a linen cloth, sometimes entirely of lace or trimmed with lace, used in church sacraments.