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n. pl. doi·lies
1. A small ornamental mat, usually of lace or linen.
2. A small table napkin.

[After Doily or , Doyly, 18th-century London draper.]
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(ˈdɔɪlɪ) ,




n, pl -lies or -leys
a decorative mat of lace or lacelike paper, etc, laid on or under plates
[C18: named after Doily, a London draper]
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(ˈdɔɪ li)

n., pl. -lies.
1. any small, ornamental mat, esp. one of embroidery or lace.
2. Archaic. a small, dainty napkin.
Sometimes, doyley.
[1670–80; after a 17th–century London draper]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.doily - a small round piece of linen placed under a dish or bowldoily - a small round piece of linen placed under a dish or bowl
linen - white goods or clothing made with linen cloth
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[ˈdɔɪlɪ] N (under cake) → blonda f; (under ornament) → pañito m de adorno
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[ˈdɔɪli] n (made of paper)dessus m d'assiette
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n(Spitzen- or Zier)deckchen nt
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doyley, doyly [ˈdɔɪlɪ] ncentrino di carta sottopiatto
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