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serviette

[sur-vee-et] /ˌsɜr viˈɛt/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
a table napkin.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Middle French, equivalent to servi(r) to serve + -ette -ette; for the formation, cf. oubliette
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serviette

/ˌsɜːvɪˈɛt/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a small square of cloth or paper used while eating to protect the clothes, wipe the mouth and hands, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from servir to serve; formed on the model of oubliette
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Word Origin and History for serviette
n.

"table napkin," late 15c., from Middle French serviette "napkin, towel" (14c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from past participle of servir "to serve" (see serve (v.)). Primarily Scottish at first; re-introduced from French 1818.

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