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napkin ring

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noun
  1. a ring or band of metal, wood, plastic, etc., through which a folded napkin is inserted, often as part of a place setting.

Origin of napkin ring

First recorded in 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for napkin ring

Historical Examples

  • "I'll give her my napkin-ring that you gave me last Christmas, Mary," said Jeremy.

    Jeremy

    Hugh Walpole

  • We are still in that social stratum where the article called "a napkin-ring" is recognized as admissible at the dinner-table.

    A Mortal Antipathy

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • The napkin-ring is the boundary mark between certain classes.

    A Mortal Antipathy

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Presently Florence dropped her napkin-ring, making a little clatter as she did so.

  • But Gramper only flourished the napkin-ring, and humorously taunted him with not having packed everything, after all.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson