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English definition of “napkin”


noun [C]    /ˈnæp·kɪn/ (Cdn Br serviette)
a piece of cloth or paper used at meals to protect your clothes and to clean your lips or fingers
(Definition of napkin noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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