from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small ornamental mat, usually of lace or linen.
- n. A small table napkin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small ornamental piece of lace or linen or paper used to protect a surface from scratches by hard objects such as vases or bowls; or to decorate a plate of food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of woolen stuff.
- n. A small napkin, used at table with the fruit, etc.; -- commonly colored and fringed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old kind of woolen stuff. Also used attributively.
- n. A small ornamental napkin, often in colors, fringed and embroidered, and brought on the dinner-table on a dessert-plate, with the finger-bowl, etc., arranged upon it: also used for many similar purposes.
- n. Also spelled doyley.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small round piece of linen placed under a dish or bowl
After Doily or Doyly, 18th-century London draper.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Doiley, the name of a 17th-century London draper. (Wiktionary)