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doily

[doi-lee] /ˈdɔɪ li/
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
1670-1680
1670-80; named after a London draper of the late 17th century
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Examples for doily
  • It sits on a crocheted doily that was not only decorative but preserved the table from oil spills.
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doily

/ˈdɔɪlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies, -leys
1.
a decorative mat of lace or lacelike paper, etc, laid on or under plates
Word Origin
C18: named after Doily, a London draper
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Word Origin and History for doily
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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