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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It sits on a crocheted doily that was not only decorative but preserved the table from oil spills.
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