What does napkin mean?

Definitions for napkinˈnæp kɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. napkin, table napkin, serviette(noun)

    a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing

  2. diaper, nappy, napkin(noun)

    garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement


  1. napkin(Noun)

    A serviette; a (usually rectangular) piece of cloth or paper used at the table for wiping the mouth and hands for cleanliness while eating.

  2. napkin(Noun)

    A nappy (UK), a diaper (American).

  3. napkin(Noun)

    A small scarf worn on the head by Christian woman when entering a Roman Catholic church, as a token of modesty.

  4. napkin(Noun)

    A sanitary napkin.

  5. Origin: From napkyn, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Napkin(noun)

    a little towel, or small cloth, esp. one for wiping the fingers and mouth at table

  2. Napkin(noun)

    a handkerchief

  3. Origin: [Dim. of OF. nape a tablecloth, cloth, F. nappe, L. mappa. See Napery.]


  1. Napkin

    A napkin, or face towel is a rectangle of cloth used at the table for wiping the mouth and fingers while eating. It is usually small and folded, sometimes in intricate designs and shapes. The word comes from Middle English, borrowing the French nappe—a cloth covering for a table—and adding -kin, the diminutive suffix. In the United Kingdom and Canada both terms, serviette and napkin, are used. In the UK, napkins are traditionally U and serviette non-U. In certain places, serviettes are those made of paper whereas napkins are made of cloth. The word serviette in lieu of the term napkin is not typically used in American English, though, as discussed is not unheard of in Canadian English and Canadian French. In Australia, 'serviette' generally refers to the paper variety and 'napkin' refers to the cloth variety. Conventionally, the napkin is often folded and placed to the left of the place setting, outside the outermost fork. In an ambitious restaurant setting or a caterer's hall, it may be folded into more or less elaborate shapes and displayed on the empty plate. Origami techniques can be used to create a 3D design e.g. a crane. A napkin may also be held together in a bundle by a napkin ring. Alternatively, paper napkins may be contained with a napkin holder.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Napkin

    nap′kin, n. a cloth for wiping the hands: a handkerchief.—n. Nap′kin-ring, a ring in which a table-napkin is rolled. [Dim. of Fr. nappe.]

Editors Contribution

  1. napkin

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, fabric, materials, shapes, sizes and styles used to clean around the mouth and fingers during eating and for various other purposes.

    A napkin can be made from tissue paper or a type of fabric depending on the type of restaurant, takeaway or household.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of napkin in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of napkin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Unknown:

    Socrates seems to be the philosophical napkin with which the ensuing cultural thinkers of history wipe their mouths of pedantic ooze.

  2. Bill Clinton:

    The fundamental problem you have anywhere is when people think their lives and the lives of their children don't matter, they they are somehow disposable, just like a paper napkin after a lunch at a restaurant or something, if we want our freedom to be in deed as well as word in America, we have to make people feel that everybody matters again.

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