[syn: diaper, nappy, napkin]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Napkin \Nap"kin\, n. [Dim. of OF. nape a tablecloth, cloth, F.
nappe, L. mappa. See Napery.]
1. A little towel, made of cloth or paper, esp. one for
wiping the fingers and mouth at table.
2. A handkerchief. [Obs.] --Shak.
Napkin pattern. See Linen scroll, under Linen. --
Napkin ring, a ring of metal, ivory, or other material,
used to inclose a table napkin.
paper napkin, a napkin made of paper, intended to be
disposed of after use.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth
and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing [syn:
napkin, table napkin, serviette]
2: garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the
legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch
excrement [syn: diaper, nappy, napkin]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(Gr. soudarion, John 11:44; 20:7; Lat. sudarium, a
"sweat-cloth"), a cloth for wiping the sweat from the face. But
the word is used of a wrapper to fold money in (Luke 19:20), and
as an article of dress, a "handkerchief" worn on the head (Acts