or doy·ley

[ doi-lee ]
/ ˈdɔɪ li /

noun, plural doi·lies.

any small, ornamental mat, as of embroidery or lace.
Archaic. a small napkin, as one used during a dessert course.

Words nearby doily

Origin of doily

First recorded in 1670–80; named after a London draper of the late 17th century Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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doyley or doyly

/ (ˈdɔɪlɪ) /

noun plural -lies or -leys

a decorative mat of lace or lacelike paper, etc, laid on or under plates

Word Origin for doily

C18: named after Doily, a London draper
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