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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.]
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rare household linen, esp table linen
[C14: from Old French naperie, from nape tablecloth, from Latin mappa. See napkin]
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(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]
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household linen collectively, especially tablecloths and napkins.
See also: Dining
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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
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