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n. pl. na·per·ies
Household linen, especially table linen.

[Middle English naperie, from Old French, from nape, nappe, tablecloth; see nappe.]


rare household linen, esp table linen
[C14: from Old French naperie, from nape tablecloth, from Latin mappa. See napkin]


(ˈneɪ pə ri)

1. table linen, as tablecloths or napkins.
2. any linen for household use.
[1350–1400; Middle English naprye < Middle French, =nape, variant of nappe tablecloth (see napkin) + -erie -ery]


household linen collectively, especially tablecloths and napkins.
See also: Dining
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.napery - linens for the dining tablenapery - linens for the dining table    
damask - a table linen made from linen with a damask pattern
linen - white goods or clothing made with linen cloth
napkin, serviette, table napkin - a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing
place mat - a mat serving as table linen for an individual place setting
tablecloth - a covering spread over a dining table
tray cloth - table linen consisting of a small cloth for a tray
References in classic literature ?
In the right-hand corner of the mount you will see a note of the cost of the furniture, fittings, napery, and so forth.
A closet was filled with wine; the plate was of silver, the napery elegant; a good picture hung upon the walls, a gift (as Utterson supposed) from Henry Jekyll, who was much of a connoisseur; and the carpets were of many plies and agreeable in colour.
How clearly I saw the long saloon table, only laid, however, abaft the mast; the glittering glass, the cool white napery, the poor old dried dessert in the green dishes
Now I have no longer a blank; I have sold my napery, my shirt and my towels; no more merry life
A white mule with red trappings, led by a varlet, carried Sir Nigel's own napery and table comforts.
Its crockery and atmosphere were thick; its soup and napery thin.
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Naive woodland motifs and '70s-era kitchen prints dress wall art and napery.
Silver and plate by Mayer of Liverpool and Elkingtons of Birmingham would have furnished the table with fine napery with little expense spared.
Tables were dressed with white napery and silver chargers with further design cues courtesy of shiny, silver cutlery and crisp, snowy crockery.
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Since too I say 'stupidly', but actually, I know very little about tablecloths and their prices, having dined almost exclusively without any form of grand napery for the last 25 years of my life.