Definition of "napkin" []

  • A piece of cloth or absorbent paper used at table to protect the clothes or wipe the lips and fingers. (noun)
  • A cloth or towel. (noun)
  • A sanitary napkin. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A diaper. (noun)
  • A usually square piece of cloth or paper used while eating to protect the clothes, wipe the mouth, etc; serviette (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A similar piece of cloth used for example as a handkerchief or headscarf (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "napkin" in a sentence
  • "I know what you call a napkin is what we call a diaper."
  • "What we call a napkin is like a specially folded paper towel they give out in restaurants that don't have linens."
  • "He has a piece of cloth which he calls a napkin, with which he wipes from his lips, and from the hair on his lips, the greasy juices of the meat."