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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)

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.

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."