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napkin ring

a ring or band of metal, wood, plastic, etc., through which a folded napkin is inserted, often as part of a place setting.
Origin of napkin ring
1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "Oh, with slings and ropes, you know—so," demonstrating by placing his napkin-ring in a sling made of his napkin.

  • "I'll give her my napkin-ring that you gave me last Christmas, Mary," said Jeremy.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • Often there would be some little surprise—a silver spoon or fork, or a napkin-ring with his initials on.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • We are still in that social stratum where the article called "a napkin-ring" is recognized as admissible at the dinner-table.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The napkin-ring is the boundary mark between certain classes.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Presently Florence dropped her napkin-ring, making a little clatter as she did so.

    The Time of Roses L. T. Meade
  • But Gramper only flourished the napkin-ring, and humorously taunted him with not having packed everything, after all.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • Now put the egg into a glass of water, keeping it in an upright position by resting on a napkin-ring.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • The boy sat silent for a while, making a kind of switchback with his napkin-ring and the bread-knife.

    Under Padlock and Seal Charles Harold Avery

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