AskDefine | Define napery

Dictionary Definition

napery n : linens for the dining table [syn: table linen]

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  1. Household linen, especially table linen.



Extensive Definition

Napery is another term for linen used for household purposes, such as table linen. Historically it was the office in a medieval household responsible for the washing and storage of these items. It was headed by a naperer. This office worked closely together with the offices of the laundry (washing and storage of clothing) and the ewery (water and the vessels for drinking or washing of the person), and the three could be concurrent in smaller households.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

cloth, drapery, dry goods, etoffe, fabric, felt, goods, lace, leather goods, leatherware, linens, material, rag, silk, soft goods, sporting goods, sportswear, stuff, textile, textile fabric, textiles, texture, tissu, tissue, weave, web, weft, white goods, woof, wool, yard goods
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