Meaning of “doily” in the English Dictionary

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"doily" in British English

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doilynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɔɪ.li/ us /ˈdɔɪ.li/

Examples from literature

  • A doily goes under the finger bowl, and a fruit knife and fork on either side. 
  • If the dessert is fruit, a fruit napkin may be used in place of the doily, the real purpose of which is to prevent the bowl from sliding about the plate in moving it. 
  • Now, don't wipe your mouth with the doily! 
  • The pretty present-day fashion of using individual plate doilies on a polished table at breakfast and luncheon is also labor-saving. 
  • The tray should be covered with a napkin or doily. 

(Definition of “doily” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)