Definition of doily in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdɔɪli

noun (plural doilies)

A small ornamental mat made of lace or paper with a lace pattern, put on a plate under cakes or other sweet food.
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  • In the centre would be the three tiered cake stand with doilies on each plate and small sandwiches made of very thin bread on the bottom, scones in the middle, and little cakes on the top.
  • For my first course, I would be solemnly presented with a glass tumbler of tomato juice, sitting on a paper doily, in the middle of a china plate.
  • She couldn't have been further off beam if she'd turned the answer sheet into a paper doily and sung popular songs through her nose.


late 17th century: from Doiley or Doyley, the name of a 17th-century London draper. The word originally denoted a woollen material used for summer wear, said to have been introduced by this draper. The current sense (originally doily napkin) dates from the early 18th century.

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