Nap"kin (?), n. [Dim. of OF. nape a tablecloth, cloth, F. nappe, L. mappa. See Napery.]


A little towel, or small cloth, esp. one for wiping the fingers and mouth at table.


A handkerchief.



Napkin pattern. See Linen scroll, under Linen. -- Napkin ring, a ring of metal, ivory, or other material, used to inclose a table napkin.<-- paper napkin, a disposable napkin made of paper. -->


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