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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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References in classic literature ?
Now I have no longer a blank; I have sold my napery, my shirt and my towels; no more merry life!
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!
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.
Meantime the Assistant Commissioner was already giving his order to a waiter in a little Italian restaurant round the corner - one of those traps for the hungry, long and narrow, baited with a perspective of mirrors and white napery; without air, but with an atmosphere of their own - an atmosphere of fraudulent cookery mocking an abject mankind in the most pressing of its miserable necessities.
In the right-hand corner of the mount you will see a note of the cost of the furniture, fittings, napery, and so forth.
The events in the afternoon were: Synchronized Inflight Stewarding; Tour Guiding; The Art of Napery, where participants performed seven table napkin folding skills while performing a dance; Art of Service, Bartending, and the simultaneous live cooking competition, Breakfast Challenge and Dream Team.
New paint and replacement of linen and napery work at all motels has been completed.
Which is precisely how we're conspiring elements in our latest project, complete with gold-trimmed crockery and a huge table tailored with linen and softest silk napery. Our work will deliver results that can be easily switched from full-on fine dining to casual family, just like the options aboard the illustrious QM2.
Naive woodland motifs and '70s-era kitchen prints dress wall art and napery. The newest geometrics and traditional prints are overscale.