[ sur-vee-et ]
/ ˌsɜr viˈɛt /

noun Chiefly British.

a table napkin.


Origin of serviette

1480–90; < Middle French, equivalent to servi(r) to serve + -ette -ette; for the formation, cf. oubliette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for serviette


/ (ˌsɜːvɪˈɛt) /


mainly British a small square of cloth or paper used while eating to protect the clothes, wipe the mouth and hands, etc

Word Origin for serviette

C15: from Old French, from servir to serve; formed on the model of oubliette
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