Definition of napkin in English:


Line breaks: nap¦kin
Pronunciation: /ˈnapkɪn


  • 1 (also table napkin) A square piece of cloth or paper used at a meal to wipe the fingers or lips and to protect garments: she unfolded her napkin and put it on her lap
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    • In the last year or so a number of people have pointed out this truly disgusting trend, that an increasing number of men are using their table napkin to blow their nose.
    • It belongs in the position of a table napkin, beside a plate.
    • She was fiddling with her table napkin nervously.
  • 2British dated A baby’s nappy.


late Middle English: from Old French nappe 'tablecloth' (from Latin mappa: see map) + -kin.

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