One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Household linen, especially tablecloths and napkins.
- ‘They hadn't set the table with a linen cupboard of napery and a canteen of silver.’
- ‘The napery is of high quality and the cutlery is bespoke stainless steel.’
- ‘I should also mention that all meals came with heavy starched napery and good quality cutlery.’
- ‘The first clue is the decor: salmon pink walls, beautifully laundered pink napery, enough pink-patterned curtain to wrap a battleship.’
- ‘The furniture, napery, cutlery and glassware are also all of a very high standard and you know as soon as you are seated that this restaurant is promising something special.’
- ‘The napery is heavy linen, and the cutlery handcrafted.’
- ‘The tables were covered with heavy linen tablecloths, and the napery and cutlery were of reasonable quality.’
- ‘It doesn't quite go either with the napery or your best silver cutlery.’
- ‘I learned that in France, the oyster has retained its place as a pleasure of the poor, rather than a delicacy to be savoured amid starched napery.’
- ‘The chairs don't make me squirm, the napery and drapery are the only aspects that sparkle or dazzle and the lighting obscures the scars of my years of debauchery.’
Middle English: from Old French naperie, from nape ‘tablecloth’.
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