May. 23rd, 2017

napery

May. 23rd, 2017 08:06 am
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napery (NAY-puh-ree) - n., household linens, esp. table linens.


From Middle French nappe, tablecloth (from whence napkin, a little version, also for wiping hands, but kept in the lap). In a large medieval household, the naperer was in charge of washing and storing the linens (contrast launderer, who washed/stored the clothing), and the surname Napier was originally a naperer.

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