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[ney-puh-ree] /ˈneɪ pə ri/
table linen, as tablecloths or napkins.
any linen for household use.
Origin of napery
1350-1400; Middle English naprye < Middle French, equivalent to nape, variant of nappe tablecloth (see napkin) + -erie -ery Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for napery
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  • The display of napery and table linen was most ample; and why not?

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • Its crockery and atmosphere were thick; its soup and napery thin.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • They would have all the winter to prepare the napery and crockery and consult about carpets and furniture.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Thora is busy about her napery––the finest of Irish linen and damask.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Like everything else about the place, the napery was exquisitely clean.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • From the year 1756 the weavers of napery were abandoned to their fate by the House of Commons.

  • Drawers were sweet with napery laid in lavender and rose leaves.

  • And the silver, cut glass, napery, and all were as rich as Sue had ever seen.

    Frances of the Ranges Amy Bell Marlowe
  • The first Mrs. Balwhidder lost upwards of twelve stone, which was intended for sarking to ourselves and sheets and napery.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV. Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • It made a brave showing with silver, glass, and napery already disposed, and a great bouquet of fresh lilacs in the center.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for napery


(rare) household linen, esp table linen
Word Origin
C14: from Old French naperie, from nape tablecloth, from Latin mappa. See napkin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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