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EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman naperie, Middle French naperie, from nape + -erie.

NounEdit

napery (countable and uncountable, plural naperies)

  1. Household linen, especially table linen.
    • 1902: "Corner in Chrysanthemums" by Josephine Spenser
      She led the way through a wide hall into a charming room, where a table was already spread in its dainty napery and silver.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 106:
      Banter and low laughter swayer about the huge tent, swayed among the shadows thrown by the brilliant candelabra pendant on their inverted stems above the white napery of the central table.

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