any small, ornamental mat, as of embroidery or lace.
Archaic. a small napkin, as one used during a dessert course.
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How to use doily in a sentence
Like snowflakes, the designs of the doilies were both intricate and individual.
When I was very young, I would visit my maternal grandmother and marvel at the hand-tatted and crocheted doilies that adorned the arms and backs of her sofa and chairs.
The resulting bread was tangy and chewy, with crisp doily skirt edges from the melted cheese.Remy From ‘Ratatouille’ Taught Me to Never Settle for Boring Bread | Dayna Evans | September 30, 2021 | Eater
That explains the assertive bearing of the women in the “Sitting” series, in which the doilies become chairs, perhaps in an executive suite.In the galleries: Exploring how body language is a visual form of communication | Mark Jenkins | June 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Never a public or private showoff, doilies and framed photos of deceased relatives were her notion of decor.A modest rebel: The paradoxical personality of Eleanor Roosevelt | Douglas Brinkley | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Somebody has to draw the line, and if it takes a 90-pound Jewish grandmother bedecked in a doily to do it, so be it.
All wear white gloves, have doily-adorned seats, and accept American Express.
She had arranged the jelly in a dainty dish, and now ran into the dining-room for a doily, which she wrapped about it.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
Remove the glass and doily; put it in front of your plate a little to the right.The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
If fruit is the first course, there should be at each place a fruit-plate with a doily, finger-bowl, and fruit-knife on it.The Expert Maid-Servant | Cristine Terhune Herrick
All such receptacles are placed on a small plate either with or without a paper doily of the right size.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Place a lace paper doily on the plate, stand the glass on this and lay a pink rose on the plate.Suppers | Paul Pierce
British Dictionary definitions for doily
a decorative mat of lace or lacelike paper, etc, laid on or under plates
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