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  1. table linen, as tablecloths or napkins.
  2. any linen for household use.
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Origin of napery

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

Historical Examples

  • Thora is busy about her napery––the finest of Irish linen and damask.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • But there was bedding and napery, and no one thought of levying on friends.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • Its crockery and atmosphere were thick; its soup and napery thin.

  • The deal table was graced by no cloth or napery of any kind.

  • I need not add that nap, napery, was a common word for linen.

British Dictionary definitions for napery


  1. rare household linen, esp table linen
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Word Origin

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