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[nap-kin] /ˈnæp kɪn/

a small piece of cloth or paper, usually square, for use in wiping the lips and fingers and to protect the clothes while eating.
Chiefly British. a diaper.
Scot. and North England. a handkerchief.
Scot. a kerchief or neckerchief.
Also called table napkin. a usually square piece of cloth or paper used while eating to protect the clothes, wipe the mouth, etc; serviette
(rare) a similar piece of cloth used for example as a handkerchief or headscarf
a more formal name for nappy1
a less common term for sanitary towel

early 15c., from Old French nape “tablecloth, cloth cover, towel” (from Latin mappa; see map (n.)) + Middle English -kin “little.” No longer felt as a diminutive. The Old French diminutive was naperon (see apron).

(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 19:12).


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