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.