- a table napkin.
Origin of serviette
Examples from the Web for serviette
I carried it with a knife and fork and a serviette out on the verandah.'Twixt Land & Sea
He unfolded his serviette with fingers which shook all the time.Anna the Adventuress
E. Phillips Oppenheim
"I'm repeating a well-beloved name," she smiled and rose, folding her serviette.The Angel of Terror
Shulgovich got up and placed his serviette on the arm of his chair.The Duel
A. I. Kuprin
Place the pack face down on the table and cover it with a serviette.More Conjuring
- mainly British a small square of cloth or paper used while eating to protect the clothes, wipe the mouth and hands, etc
Word Origin and History for serviette
"table napkin," late 15c., from Middle French serviette "napkin, towel" (14c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from past participle of servir "to serve" (see serve (v.)). Primarily Scottish at first; re-introduced from French 1818.