Definition of napkin in English:


Syllabification: nap·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈnapkən


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, or to serve food on.
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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.
paper towel;
2North American another term for sanitary napkin.
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  • Compounds very much like it are also used in disposable diapers and sanitary napkins.
3British dated A baby’s diaper.


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

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