Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Household linen, especially table linen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Household linen, especially table linen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Table linen; also, linen clothing, or linen in general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Linen cloths used for domestic purposes, especially for the table; table-cloths, napkins, etc.
  • n. Linen worn on the person; linen underclothing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. linens for the dining table

Etymologies

Middle English naperie, from Old French, from nape, nappe, tablecloth; see nappe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman naperie, Middle French naperie, from nape + -erie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A house-keeper should have a large chest to contain napery which is not to be used every day.

    Manners and Social Usages

  • There was a flurry of towels, then of napery—fresh tablecloth, fresh napkins—silverware and clean glasses.

    Venom

  • But the tables are set in those restaurants that have napery, such as "Delmonico's, 56 Beaver Street, 2009" and "Caf é Arbat, 306 Brighton Avenue, 2009," as if the curtain has just gone up and we are expected to make an entrance.

    Crossing Delicate Borders

  • I must also admit to possessing one of the sillier varieties of napery ever conceived of by the victorians, who so loved to invent single use food accessories, we owe them the asparagus peeler, and the pickle fork, for example, the better to advertise their prosperity, and love of gimmick to their dinner guests.

    Blog Rolls

  • The puritan weavers of Glasgow shall provide them plenty of broad-cloth, when we make a descent from the Highlands; and if the ministers could formerly preach the old women of the Scottish boroughs out of their webs of napery, to make tents to the fellows on

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Out of a similar sideboard, properly draped with white napery and imitation lace, the Bishop had constructed the altar which decorated his oratory.

    Les Miserables

  • I must also admit to possessing one of the sillier varieties of napery ever conceived of by the victorians, who so loved to invent single use food accessories, (we owe them the asparagus peeler, and the pickle fork, for example), the better to advertise their prosperity, and love of gimmick to their dinner guests.

    Toast:

  • So, the tray being sat before them, they fell to and ate their fill; and when they had made an end of eating, they rose from meat and washed their hands with pure water and musk-scented soap, and dried them with napery embroidered in silk and bugles; but to Nur al-Din they brought a napkin laced with red gold whereon he wiped his hands.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • British officers ate asparagus and oysters, their tables draped in linen napery, to the strains of “a full military orchestra wailing for the Swanee Ribber.”

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • A commonsense diet based on both restraint and simple exercise, Guiliano's diet stresses that food consumption ought to be deliberate and pleasurable and done always sitting at table with appropriate napery.

    French Women Don't Get Fat: Summary and book reviews of French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano.

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  • The little table in the adjoining room, on which Theron found his meal in waiting for him, seemed a vision of delicate napery and refined appointments in his eyes.

    - Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware, ch. 29

    August 8, 2008

  • "Lunch was in the dining room which would not have disgraced a moderately good hotel as a dining room. It was spacious with good napery and silverware, and the food was very good."
    - 'Windfall', Desmond Bagley.

    January 6, 2008