noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French naperie, from nape tablecloth — more at napkin Date: 14th century household linen; especially table linen

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  • Napery — Na per*y, n.; pl. {Naperies}. [OF. naperie, fr. nape a tablecloth, F. nappe, LL. napa, fr. L. mappa. See {Map}, and cf. {Apron}, {Napkin}.] Table linen; also, linen clothing, or linen in general. [Obs.] Gayton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • napery — [nā′pər ē] n. [ME naprye < MFr naperie < OFr nappe: see NAPKIN] household linen; esp., table linen …   English World dictionary

  • Napery — A shopkeeper shows a tablecloth to customers in Leipzig, November 1953 Napery is another term for linen used for household purposes, such as table linen.[1] H …   Wikipedia

  • napery — /nay peuh ree/, n. 1. table linen, as tablecloths or napkins. 2. any linen for household use. [1350 1400; ME naprye < MF, equiv. to nape, var. of nappe tablecloth (see NAPKIN) + erie ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • napery — noun Household linen, especially table linen …   Wiktionary

  • napery — Synonyms and related words: cloth, drapery, dry goods, etoffe, fabric, felt, goods, lace, leather goods, leatherware, linens, material, rag, silk, soft goods, sporting goods, sportswear, stuff, textile, textile fabric, textiles, texture, tissu,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • napery — neɪpÉ™rɪ n. tablecloths and napkins; linens for use in the home (such as curtains) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • napery — [ neɪp(ə)ri] noun household linen, especially tablecloths and napkins. Origin ME: from OFr. naperie, from nape tablecloth …   English new terms dictionary

  • napery — na·pery …   English syllables

  • napery — na•per•y [[t]ˈneɪ pə ri[/t]] n. 1) table linen, as tablecloths or napkins 2) any linen for household use • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME naprye < MF, =nape, var. of nappe tablecloth (see napkin) + erie ery …   From formal English to slang

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