doily

[doi-lee]
noun, plural doilies.
1.
any small, ornamental mat, as of embroidery or lace.
2.
Archaic. a small napkin, as one used during a dessert course.
Also, doyley.


Origin:
1670–80; named after a London draper of the late 17th century

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doily, doyley or doyly (ˈdɔɪlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies, -leys
a decorative mat of lace or lacelike paper, etc, laid on or under plates
 
[C18: named after Doily, a London draper]
 
doyley, doyley or doyly
 
n
 
[C18: named after Doily, a London draper]
 
doyly, doyley or doyly
 
n
 
[C18: named after Doily, a London draper]

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doily
1714, short for doily-napkin (1711), from doily "thin, woolen fabric," from Doiley, surname of a 17c.-early 18c. dry-goods dealer on London's Strand. Doily earlier meant "cheap but classy woollens" (1678), evidently from the same source.
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Example sentences
Their seats are decorated with doilies and sheathed in plastic.
In addition to creating the traditional lace decoration for holy vestments, she made doilies, which were much in demand.
Her fingers fly as she crochets original home furnishings, from decorative doilies to kingsized bedspreads.
Cloth or paper doilies are not approved candle liners.
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