[ ney-puh-ree ]
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  1. table linen, as tablecloths or napkins.

  2. any linen for household use.

Origin of napery

1350–1400; Middle English naprye<Middle French, equivalent to nape, variant of nappe tablecloth (see napkin) + -erie-ery

Words Nearby napery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use napery in a sentence

  • A vision of iced drinks, tempting salads, white napery, and an attentive steward mocked me with past recollections.

    The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers
  • Constans entered and looked about him, noting that the tables still bore their weight of plate and china and napery.

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
  • A white mule with red trappings, led by a varlet, carried Sir Nigel's own napery and table comforts.

    The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It made a brave showing with silver, glass, and napery already disposed, and a great bouquet of fresh lilacs in the center.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • There were the linen closets at hand, the bedding that she was to deal out as it was needed, the table napery.

    The Girls at Mount Morris | Amanda Minnie Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for napery


/ (ˈneɪpərɪ) /

  1. rare household linen, esp table linen

Origin of napery

C14: from Old French naperie, from nape tablecloth, from Latin mappa. See napkin

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