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diaper

[ dahy-per, dahy-uh-per ]
/ ˈdaɪ pər, ˈdaɪ ə pər /
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noun
a piece of cloth or other absorbent material folded and worn as underpants by a baby not yet toilet-trained.
Also called diaper cloth . a linen or cotton fabric with a woven pattern of small, constantly repeated figures, as diamonds.
Also called diaper pattern. such a pattern, originally used in the Middle Ages in weaving silk and gold.
verb (used with object)
to put a diaper on.
to ornament with a diaperlike pattern.
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Origin of diaper

1300–50; Middle English diapre <Anglo-French dia(s)p(r)e <Medieval Latin diasprus made of diaper <Medieval Greek díaspros pure white, equivalent to Greek di- di-3 + Medieval Greek áspros white

OTHER WORDS FROM diaper

un·dia·pered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diaper

diaper
/ (ˈdaɪəpə) /

noun
US and Canadian a piece of soft material, esp towelling or a disposable material, wrapped around a baby in order to absorb its excrementAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): nappy
  1. a woven pattern on fabric consisting of a small repeating design, esp diamonds
  2. fabric having such a pattern
  3. such a pattern, used as decoration
verb
(tr) to decorate with such a pattern

Word Origin for diaper

C14: from Old French diaspre, from Medieval Latin diasprus made of diaper, from Medieval Greek diaspros pure white, from dia- + aspros white, shining
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