- tablecloths, napkins, etc., used in setting a table.
Origin of table linen
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for table linen
Neither the crockery nor the table-linen was in keeping with the luxury of the courses.Major Frank
A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
See if silver needs cleaning and that table-linen is in order.The Expert Maid-Servant
Cristine Terhune Herrick
They have been at the press where the table-linen is kept, and have not been sparing in their levies.O. T.
Hans Christian Andersen
The table-linen should be placed by itself, and so on—a place for everything and everything in its place.
One teacupful of ammonia to a wash will keep the table-linen white.